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  1. #71
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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    I just say no to JBW and 80 proofers in general

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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Of course Old Grand Dad uses a different yeast formula (as does Basil Hayden) than the regular Beam products.
    I know but they still have a close "family" resemblance in flavor.

    Gary

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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    Don't get me wrong. I always have all four of the Small Batch Collection bottles open and always keep a BIG bottle of JBW on hand. ; )

    PS: I collect inflatable bottles. This one I mount on the top of the car when going to Jimmy Buffet concerts.

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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Just another thought: The 80s JB didn't seem to have "the taste" and it is not as noticeable in the older current stuff (KC). Maybe because of the glut we were actually getting older Beam in the 80s...early 90s which is one factor in not detecting "the taste".

    Trying not to use the word funk...
    What notes do you get from '80s JB? I just have one late '80s JBB (or black label, as it wasn't officially called "Jim Beam Black" yet) and, like you said, it's nothing like current stuff. I get a profoundly grassy note from it, not only different from current Beam but unlike most any whiskey I've had.

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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    Friend brought a handle over to a party at our house last weekend, and I decided to stick it in the freezer. Neat, out of the freezer, it is much better than at room temperature or on the rocks. I'm fairly impressed.

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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    Quote Originally Posted by bad_scientist View Post
    What notes do you get from '80s JB? I just have one late '80s JBB (or black label, as it wasn't officially called "Jim Beam Black" yet) and, like you said, it's nothing like current stuff. I get a profoundly grassy note from it, not only different from current Beam but unlike most any whiskey I've had.
    Just noticed this comment. Your impression of the late '80's JBB is like my impression of the '76 Beam's Choice 8yr I found at my parents house. Nothing at all like current Beam, and unlike any current whiskey I've had. Very odd.
    Steve

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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    I'm with Enoch and flahute. I've sampled JBW from the early 80's, still have a few small 200ml in the bunker, and have had some of those various "3 million month" (or whatever) Beam decanters. There is a real depth and sophistication that is missing from the current stuff. I can see how JBW got its reputation from the older stuff, and I can also see how current shooters/"bourbon and coke" drinkers don't really care.

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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    Quote Originally Posted by flahute View Post
    Just noticed this comment. Your impression of the late '80's JBB is like my impression of the '76 Beam's Choice 8yr I found at my parents house. Nothing at all like current Beam, and unlike any current whiskey I've had. Very odd.
    Right? How in the world can those have used the same yeast strain?

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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    I think most of you that hate Beam products hate them, because you are supposed to hate them. There is no way any of you should have any problem at all with JBW on the rocks tasted blind..neat..maybe 40% of you would drop out the other 60% would find it OK. I had plenty of 70's Decanter Beam in my youth, yeah it was different and great, but what wasn't different and great from back then.

    Get your nose out of the air, stop reading blogs and go buy Jim Beam Single Barrel (which is the single barrel JBW maybe +2 years), put it in the freezer. You will like it...maybe even love it. Likely the last post I will have here...so y'all take care.

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    Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    ive got no problems with Beam stuff, provided it is aged and proofed properly. I find that it has to be over 100 proof and over 7 years old to be good, and then it's great. There's something about the 4 and 8 year stuff at 80 or 86 proof that, while not revolting, doesnt inspire me to ever intentionally reach for any. But, KC seems to be a different animal, as well as KCSB and Booker's and Baker's. I'm not paying the price for 86 proof NAS single barrel, as I expect it to be marginally, if that, better than the regular offerings. I dont consider myself a bourbon snob whatsoever.....Ive seen people in the aisles of the liquor store professing how Beam black is so bad that all Beam products should be written off, and thought they were morons. Every company offers various profiles, and youre surely not going to like every one of them.
    Think about how stupid the average person is.....then realize that half of them are more stupid than that.

 

 

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