This month we're exploring the middle-shelf regions of your favorite liquor establishment, in search of good QPR (quality : price ratio). It is no secret that good bourbon can be had for significantly less cash than the ultra-premiums are commanding. A fine example is this month's Bourbon of the Month: Jim Beam Black.

In the Beam hierarchy, the Black Label fall somewhere between the more-premium Small Batch Collection, and the younger and arguably inferior white label. At 8yo it has the right balance of barrel and grain influences, and 86 proof seems to suit it well.

Beam Black is a QPR favorite of many on the board. What do you think?

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