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    Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    Quote Originally Posted by wku88 View Post
    Certainly a good mixer.

    I prefer my bourbon and cokes to be made with Beam white label. Other bourbons, including Beam Black may make a more rounded or smoother drink when mixed with cola, but there is something about Beam white that I prefer over others.

    But it's that same character that I prefer in cola that makes me dislike Beam white neat. What's the opoosite of smooth? Astringency?

    Now, the value proposition. When there are many other bourbons that I prefer over Beam that are less expensive, I can't call either the white label or black label a exceptional value. But, they do serve their purpose and when I want a bourbon and coke, there is no substitute.

    Finally, nice choice on the BOTM. We are here to appreciate the full range of bourbon, and appreciating all ends of the spectrum makes us appreciate our favorites that much more.
    Last edited by jeff; 11-25-2006 at 02:32.

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    Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    I had only tasted JB White once before. And, of course, I realized I had never purchased a bottle of the White until a few days ago in response to BOTM. Definitely young, yeasty, with a little bit of that tasty burnt chocolate profile I find and enjoy in some of the OGD's. Just not very deep. Rather pedestrian. But not bad by any means. Probably would be nice on those evenings when you don't want to be challenged by a robust pour, but just want to sit back and have an easy drink. Not the best, but drinkable nonetheless.
    I am reminded of my first visit to Bardstown as a newbie to Bourbonia at the 2004 KBF, where the General Nelson had a mini of JB White in the room upon our arrival. After a 5-1/2 hour drive there from Atlanta, Troyce (Co-founder and lame-duck president of the fledgling Georgia Bourbon Society) and I opened it up and immediately drank it in the plastic hotel cups. "Look Jim! Free bourbon! This is the greatest day of my life!!" Maybe it was the anticipation of spending 4 days in Bourbon Nirvana, maybe I'm easily amused, or maybe the Taco Bell lunch killed my taste buds, but that Beam tasted absolutely terrific at that time!

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    Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    All bourbon tastes good in Bardstown!

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    Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    Beam White Label 4-year-old is a bit lacking--not bad by any means, at at the risk of sounding like an idiot I like it a bit better than Maker's Mark, which has always been a little too sweet for my taste. However, if buying White Label, make sure you get the 7-years-old variety, as it's much more complex than the 4, and seems to be smoother and have a better finish.

    It's actually a remarkably good bourbon for a casual drink--not especially refined, but mild, flavorful, easy-to-drink, and a good mixer if you like mix drinks (I've always believed it daft to mix bourbon except perhaps with other liquors). Better over ice than neat, but never, ever chill it. If it's cold for any reason other than being iced, it's not gonna taste that good.

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    Talking Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    Tis the season, buddys coming over and getting into my bar. i love sharing as long as its done right. some always drinks bourbon with cola,and they must have the best. yep they want the wild turkey single barrel. makes me cringe, so i use the old pewter top bottle and fill it with Jim Beam. They taste it and start raving it was the best they ever had. so question this, power of suggestion or just good bourbon?
    "Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin' and preachin' were alot alike." Paul Bryant

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    Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    Quote Originally Posted by reg View Post
    so question this, power of suggestion or just good bourbon?

    Sounds like they really like the emperor's new clothes, ie, they're in love with the label, not whats in the bottle. You could probably put some Georiga moon in there and they'd have the same reaction. And how can anyone really taste the bourbon when mixed with coke? Sure, some make a better drink than others, but to say such and such bourbon is the bees knees after you've mixed it just isn't right.

    Here's an interesting experiment. Do a blind tasting with them sometime, with 3 or 4 bourbons STRAIGHT, include white label Beam, their favorite WT, and a couple others. That should show you what they really think.

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    Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    I'm doing the same thing using a Ridgemont bottle. The bourbon and coke folk just love it.

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    Thumbs up Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    Jim Beam White "This Whiskey is Four Years Old"

    Tasting neat, it wasn't too bad. It has a wildness around the edges that I can't put my finger on (is it red hots, wild yeast, and rye?) but in the middle is a nice smooth, slightly sweet corn alcohol. Then it disappears. No finish, but not unpleasant going down. The opposite of full-bodied and rounded flavor.

    The good thing about JBW is that the underlying spirit is high quality. Some of the cheaper bourbons, and spirits generally, will tend to get an excessively hot burn and smell to them -think acetone and isopropyl alcohol -the kind of unpleasantness that has to be iced to be tolerable. But I can taste that with some additional years, JBW would turn into a nice rounded bourbon. Interestingly, JBW seems closer to WT101 than to JB Black.

    I won't drink this neat or on the rocks, for me it's only for mixing, but not in 7up or a sour.
    I agree with miller542 that this is good for mixing with Coke because the flavor shines through.

    Final verdict - a decent mixer when you want that strong flavor, a quality product whose presence I'm sure benefits the rest of the Beam products. If you go to the website, you'll note that they tout JBW as a great all-around mixer; I agree.

    As for the 7yr, they sell a "Jim Beam Choice" here that has a green label and is 7y.o. I haven't tried that. Has anybody tasted it? Is it just some middle ground between JBW and JBB?

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    Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    The Jim Beam White 7 year old is due to be available in PA in mid-August as a "Chairman's Selection" (don't ask). The price will be 15.99. I look forward to trying this at that time (albeit 9 months after the fact). I guess if you wait long enough or look hard enough, you occasionally find things in this fine commonwealth.

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    Re: BOTM, 11/06: Jim Beam

    Howdy,

    I'm new to alcohol. Started drinking Jim Beam black only a few days ago. 1.5 oz. at a time for a night cap. It's taken a few days for my palate to adjust from Diet Coke only to Diet Coke w/ JBB. I'm learning to like it.
    OK, tried JBW tonight w/ my usual Diet Coke. From what I've gleaned here at StraightBourbon, most of you don't hold JBW in high regard; sort of like a Ford Escort w/ manual transmission and A/C.
    So far, I prefer JBW to the more expensive and older Black label! I wonder if ya'll will kick me out of the forum?

    JBW is sweeter tasting (to my inexperienced taste buds) and smoother-with Diet Coke. Oh well, these are just my thoughts on JBW vs. JBB.

    Eggman

 

 

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