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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Barossa Valley, Australia

    Re: Jim Beam Black Label

    Call me a heathen, I buy it buy the case & drink it with coke. ( the only bourbon I drink with coke)

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2005

    Jim Beam and Coke

    They do mix well together. as for the most part it is my bourbon of choice to mix with coca cola. Not Pepsi!Pepsi is too sweet. Now for a real cocktail try a Bufflo Rock Ginger Ale and Ezra Brooks Black.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Jim Beam Black is -let's say- my starting point. I like it very much, really. By the way, I feel the caramel flavour strongly whenever I drink it, is that right? Or maybe I don't properly know how to evaluate what I taste, yet...

  4. #14
    Bourbonian of the Year 2011
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Toronto, Canada
    I wish more bottles of Jim Beam Black label would stress the fruity palate. This is the old-time "bouquet" and taste of whiskey (as we see from another thread). It is the premium Beam whiskey signature - let's call it caramel/fruity - that I recall from 25 years ago. Some current bottles still have that taste, others less so. Of course whiskey can never be standardised 100% nor do we want it to be but I hope Beam will try to ensure this taste remains a feature of the Beam-brand palate, especially Black label. Possibly it comes from the mingling of many barrels: whatever the explanation I find it adds a lot to the whiskey and makes it go even better with Coke.

    Last edited by Gillman; 02-04-2006 at 00:50.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Las Vegas NV
    I tasted it once at a beverage show in Vegas and was not impressed. After reading this string I will have to give it another try. It would not be the first time that the second and sometimes third try brings out something overlooked.
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  6. #16
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    At C$27.50 (LCBO pricing) I find Beam Black good at it's price point. At C$36 where it used to be, I'd rather have Buffallo Trace or spend a little more for Knob Creek or Elmer T. Lee.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Jim Beam black has always been one of my favorites, especially amongst the Beam brands. Even though it is more than the white label, it is easily worth it. It is reasonable enough in price to not feel guilty about mixing it( not that I ever feel guilty about mixing anything, because I don't) yet it is caliber enough to drink straight. Definitely one of my top 10 list bourbons!


  8. #18
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    A subject of some interest and mystery is the provenance of particular Beam products, especially the better bourbons including JB Black.

    Huh? What? Don't they all come from Jim Beam?

    Well, yes, but Jim Beam has two distilleries and about half-a-dozen different warehousing locations. (I'm not including Maker's in any of this since that's still an entirely separate operation.)

    The "lore" of Booker's has it that the brand originally was created from Booker Noe's special, personal selection of bourbon made and aged at "his" plant, Boston in Nelson County. However, I have it on good authority that today's Booker's and every other top shelf bourbon Beam makes is distilled and aged at Clermont, in Bullitt County.

    About a dozen or so people on this board got that information the same time I did.

    The person who supplied this information was coming from a position of some self-interest, but was also very much in a position to know. I don't think he would have said such things in such a public forum out of sheer bluster. He didn't merely imply but stated outright that the whiskey produced at Clermont is superior to the whiskey produced at Boston.



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