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    BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    The last couple of months have focused on the staples of a few of our fine KY distilleries (i.e. Maker's Mark and WT101.) With some input from esteemed forum members I thought it a good idea to continue this theme a bit further. This month we're going mainstream with the best-selling boourbon of all time:

    Jim Beam While Label.


    While this brand typically does not garner a connoisseur's praise, numbers don't lie, and at 5 million cases per year sold, it can't be all that bad. Some may not realize that Jim Beam white has two iterations: the standard 4yo and a longer-aged 7yo. Discussion this month will include both variations and I would like to encourage comparative tastings.

    Use this opportunity to put aside pre-conceived notions and re-taste this classic bourbon with an open mind!

    Sound off
    Last edited by jeff; 11-02-2006 at 04:45.
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    Unfortunately I'm running out of Bourbon storage in my bunker. I cannot warrant purchasing Beam White just for this test. However, next time I'm in a bar I'll give it a go.
    Tim

    I am going where streams of whiskey are flowing...

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    The Beam is not the problem...your small bunker is the problem!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    The Beam is not the problem...your small bunker is the problem!
    Couldn't agree more!
    Tim

    I am going where streams of whiskey are flowing...

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    Good choice!

    At last I have a valid excuse for buying a bottle. It was quite awhile ago.

    At least here in Sweden, they come in 350 ml bottles, as well, which in cases like these, comes quite handy.
    Delighted to see you if you can find me!

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    At the risk of getting flamed, I will say JB white label is the worst whisk(e)y, I have ever tasted, including the dodgy caramel infested Scottish blends, we get in our supermarkets here. I find it undrinkable, with a weird boiled cabbage nose.

    Until a couple of years ago, it was the only bourbon readily available in the UK and I believe it is responsible for a lot of Scotch drinkers 'fear of bourbon'.

    What is more it cost around £15 a bottle - about $28.50.

    What was that ? Yep $28.50 a bottle. Having said that I would not drink it if it was free.

    It is the pockmark on bourbon's beautiful countenance.
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    Sion (AKA Bamber).

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    Since most of my taste buds are gone from all the hot sauce I have had over the years I am going to save what few taste buds I have left for the good stuff and pass on this months selection.

    bj

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    As Chuck would say, this is actually pretty good for what it is... an every-man's everywhere, anytime bourbon. Clearly far from the best but even further from the worst. Sort of the McDonalds of bourbon. Perhaps best used for mixing.
    John B

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    Were we bad?

    Did we misbehave?

    Whatever we as a group did, please tell us so we correct it and not suffer through JB White!

    It is a common well bourbon out here on the West Coast. Maybe with a mixer, but that is it.
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    I'm not feeling the love here folks. Open-mindedness is the key. Sometimes to understand your pleasures, you must understand your what it is you dislike about something else. Breath in...breath out...

    Follow my lead. I went out and bought a 1/2 pint of the 4yo this afternoon. Didn't cost much, but worth what it did for the sake of science. I get a lot of yeast on the nose with a sharper graininess and just a touch of leather. No real vanilla to speak of. It tastes young and just slightly harsh, but not terrible by any means. Seems stonger than its 80 proof would suggest. Green wood, leather and just a touch of turpentine. The finish is medium length with a little cinnamon at the end. I added a couple of ice cubes and most of the green/harsh tones fade away and just the slightest little bit of vanilla pokes through. Not a great bourbon, but I would drink it before scotch.

    I'll pick up a bottle of the 7yo this weekend and compare the two.
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