I bought a bottle of T W Samuels 100 proof BIB today. I was just looking around and grabbing a 750ml bottle of practically any BIB bourbon that I'd never tried before. Since I was least able to find anything in writing about the Samuels, I decided to break it open after I had had a couple of shots of VOB BIB. I was expecting the worst.
Here in Lexington, it was $9.19.
Okay, I'm a newbie at this, but here goes:
My impression is that it rather is lacking in taste. It's not BAD tasting, but it really isn't particularly interesting or robust tasting either. And to me it IS sweet and a bit creamy. Other than that, it is unobtrusive and not unpleasant. It's not like any other bourbon that I have tried to date (not that I have tried so very many).
I like it much better than the four year old Jim Beam white label that I once made the mistake of buying.
Okay, so now it has been sitting for awhile (neat), and the entire nature of it has changed. It's still bland, but what began as an aroma of smoked ham (with a hint of sweaty sneakers) out of the bottle now smells sweeter and more like vanilla, maple, and a hint of melon or citrus, but very, very weak. To me the taste is sweet with a hint of orange with vanilla and possibly even cinnamon, but too faint to really distinguish. A slightly creamy texture. Smooth. No heavy alcohol taste at all. It's not bad. Pleasant. I can't speak badly of it. It's just not terribly flavorful or robust like the bourbons I've been drinking of late. Mild. And yet, BIB. No age statement. It IS interesting. Maybe next time I'll try ice. I'm sure I'd drink it again if I were in the right mood.