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    Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    As far as I know, JD is a 4-years old whiskey. JBW is also 4 years old. However, in many comparisions, I notice that Jim Beam Black is taken as the counterpart of JD. This doesn't seem logical to me. I think the Beam to be compared with JD should be JBW. Am I wrong?

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    Re: Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    As far as comparing JB & JD goes,...
    First do you mean taste? If so you can look at it as two four year olds.
    But of course I am sure you are aware that JD is not bourbon, but you can compare them if they are what you like to drink. And JB Black being 8 years old would not seem to be a logical comparison, but people compare different bourbons regardless of age or mashbills.
    Secondly, I think the label of the JB Black causes people to compare it to JD because of the similar look of the two labels, which I am sure Beam had in mind since JD is the best selling whiskey that comes from the USA.

    mrt,
    tell me, how many different bourbons are available in Turkey?
    Do you buy from retailers there or do you shop on-line?

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    Re: Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    I thought that it all had to do with the styles and characters of the whiskies in question. It was a couple of years since I last had JBB but I remember it to markedly closer in style to JD than JBW.

    Do we know for certain that JD is four years old? Is that official?
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    Re: Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedmans Brorsa View Post
    ...Do we know for certain that JD is four years old? Is that official?
    Folks at the distillery routinely tell visitors that the Black #7 label and Gentleman Jack are dumps of barrels from 4-6 years old, while the Single Barrel bottlings are selected from barrels 6-8 years old (the latter also come exclusively from top floors of the 7-story warehouses).
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    Re: Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    Hi, first, thanks for the replies. As for the bourbon availibility in Turkey, we do not have access to many brands I see here, yet. The brands I can find easily are; Jim Beam (white and black), Bulleit, Early Times, Ten High (I haven't tried, yet), and if you inlclude Tennesee, Jack Daniels, Gentlemen Jack (rare, though). I buy bourbon from supermarkets and liquor stores. I can not order online, becouse online purchase of alcoholic drinks is forbidden by law since 2006. The aim of this ban is said to be to avoid purchases by those under 18, mainly.

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    Re: Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    Quote Originally Posted by mrt View Post
    The brands I can find easily are; , Bulleit, Early Times, .
    All things considered, being able to get Bulleit and Early Times in Turkey, then that is not bad.
    I would suggest some Bulleit neat, followed by Early Times mixed with what ever you perfer, and then the JB vs. JD discussion becomes very old, tiresome and irrelevant.

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    Re: Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    Like you were at a party and these were the only selections available at the bar?

    Tough call. Very tough. I suppose I'd have to go with JBW. It is, after all, bourbon. I agree that JBB gets compared to JD because of the label, and that is probably no accident. Same applies even more so to the Evan William's black label (and square bottle).

    Does anyone know if JDB adds any carmel coloring? As they aren't subject to bourbon's regulations, I don't think there's anything preventing it.

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    Re: Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    Jack Daniel's does not add caramel coloring.

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    Re: Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Jack Daniel's does not add caramel coloring.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Jim Beam vs. Jack Daniels

    Quote Originally Posted by mrt View Post
    Hi, first, thanks for the replies. As for the bourbon availibility in Turkey, we do not have access to many brands I see here, yet. The brands I can find easily are; Jim Beam (white and black), Bulleit, Early Times, Ten High (I haven't tried, yet), and if you inlclude Tennesee, Jack Daniels, Gentlemen Jack (rare, though). I buy bourbon from supermarkets and liquor stores. I can not order online, becouse online purchase of alcoholic drinks is forbidden by law since 2006. The aim of this ban is said to be to avoid purchases by those under 18, mainly.
    Wow, that seems like a fairly good selection for Turkey. I would have guessed you would have access to fewer brands.

    The Ten High can be a little rough..it is cheap "handle" whiskey here in the states. Shake 2 oz of it, 1 oz of lemon juice, and 1/2 oz of simple syrup (or cane syrup). That will get you a passable Whiskey Sour.

    It is getting harder to order it online here, too. Hi-Time used to be the best source for me, but they don't ship out of California anymore. There are some other shops that will ship, but Hi-Time was usually the cheapest.

 

 

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