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BOTM 11/16: Jim Beam Double Oak

Trick Or Treat! :ph34r: I'm on time for a change.

 

I saw this on sale for $19.99 a few weeks ago, so I bought a bottle. I figured what the heck. After trying it, and reading the thread about it, I thought I'd give it a go for this months BOTM. 

 

I don't quite know what to make of Beam Double Oak. It seems to taste different every time I have a pour. One time it's dry with a heavy wood flavor and the Beam "funk" right up front. The next time it tastes better. A bit of the Beam "funk" is still there, but not quite so apparent. Nutty with, as others have said, vanilla and spice. Add a cube or two, and it's different yet. With some ice, it seems more earthy, with mint and a musty, grassy flavor almost reminiscent of BT from a few years back. A different bird for sure. It's a tweener for me. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. It's decent enough, but I doubt I'll buy another bottle. One real positive for me at least. Like I posted in the regular thread about Beam Double Oak, I really do like the new bottle. :D

 

Cheers and happy posting!

 

Joe

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Lou Grant to Mary Tyler Moore: "You've got spunk!"

MTM blushes and smiles at the supposed compliment.

LG: I hate spunk.

 

I other words, one man's feature is another man's bug.  I did go back for another bottle. I think it represents good value, especially when you can find it for $17.99, and is a significant step up from JB White: Nice cinnamon and spice, easy to sip neat without the rough edges of regular JB. I would take the DO over NAS JB Black--which I used to buy by the handle when it was "Double Aged" not the wholly undefinable "Extra Aged." True, I thought the double oaked thing was a gimmick--and it probably still is--but the bourbon itself was a pleasant surprise. Not nearly enough pleasant surprises these days. 

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QPR on this is good.  Oak is definitely amped up (in a good way).  It isn't overly refined, but it's not supposed to be is it?  I still prefer JB BIB, but this compares very favorably to WRDO at under 1/2 the price...

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I like this one, but I consider it a "change of pace" bourbon. I agree that it changes from pour to pour. Sometimes it's sweet heavy. Sometimes it's more bitter. I always get that nice vanilla mint clingy finish which is my favorite part of this one. It's also a good warm weather pour as it reacts very favorably to ice. Since it came out in Early September, I've kept a bottle in the bar.

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I continue to enjoy this whiskey, and appreciate it for what it is.  That is, a low dollar, upgrade of the Beam White label.  And, I think the upgrade in quality/enjoyment for me outweighs the slightly higher price over JBW.  The uptick in oak influence is well done and enjoyable.  Not every new release from the legacy distilleries should be expected to be game changers or the next "great thing".  I know that it is hard for enthusiasts like us to give serious consideration to new general releases, but a whiskey that stands on its own merits at its price point and shelf position should be as important to us as how the most recent LE matches up with other LEs or previous years releases.   Well, that's the way I look at it anyway.  

For me, JBDO is a solid whiskey that brings a different and well priced bourbon alternative to my bar.  

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Nice choice Joe. This is similarly cheap this side of the pond and I've not tried it before so thought I would pick up a bottle and see what's cracking.

 

On 05/11/2016 at 8:28 PM, smokinjoe said:

 Not every new release from the legacy distilleries should be expected to be game changers or the next "great thing". 

 

This is a great sentiment and I think important when trying new things like this. It should be taken in context of what it's trying to improve upon which is Beam white and I for one think this is a solid pour for the price. As with other 'double oak' bourbons like Woodford DO and Michters Toasted it has that rather nutty smell and taste to it which I enjoy. It starts a bit thin but has a decent finish and the extra oak hides the young age well.

 

Well worth what I paid for it and I'll definitely enjoy the rest of it. Cheers!

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I must admit I am pleasantly surprised by this DO.  I like it better than JB Black and MUCH better than White.  It won't knock my OGD114 off the shelf, but it is a good change of pace and, at 17.99 per bottle, a decent value.

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On ‎11‎/‎1‎/‎2016 at 4:51 PM, Paddy said:

QPR on this is good.  Oak is definitely amped up (in a good way).  It isn't overly refined, but it's not supposed to be is it?  I still prefer JB BIB, but this compares very favorably to WRDO at under 1/2 the price...

What is QPR?

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3 hours ago, starhopper said:

What is QPR?

I think it refers to 'Quality/Price Ratio'.    But, of course I could always be wrong.    It could have something to do Quite, Peace and Repose.   ... but, I doubt it.

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FWIW, I'm still having a hard time trying to figure this one out. The time before last that I had a small pour, sad to say I couldn't finish it. The last time I tried it, I had two pours. :wacko:

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15 hours ago, starhopper said:

What is QPR?

^^^What Rich said.  Currently seeing this @ $17.99 around these parts. 

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I felt the oak was way out in front in this one.  I look at it as an upgrade from JB white, when JB BIB isn't available.

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