Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 Year Old Bourbon

The Jim Beam Signature Craft 12-year-old bourbon is one of the finest sipping whiskeys we have in the $40 price range.  It was released in August 2013 along with the Jim Beam Signature Craft Bourbon finished with Spanish Brandy and is the oldest Jim Beam bourbon ever released.  It is marketed as a "classier" Beam product, and is packaged very simply/handsomely.  I like everything about it, including the screw top.

There is not a ton of information available on the mash bill or specific aging process, although Beam is famous for its high rye bourbons and it was aged well, as evidenced by the nearly perfect balance of flavors.  This is a bourbon to share with non-bourbon drinkers and conoisseurs alike.  It is sophisticated, yet not overly complex.  It is spicy, but not hot or too big.  When sipped blind with I.W. Harper 15 Year, it won the day.

Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 Year Old Bourbon

Jim Beam/Suntory
86 proof
$39 at ABC in Salisbury, NC

Color: Medium to dark amber.

Nose:  The nose is fruity, in a dark, syrpy cherry kind of way.  Vanilla, maple syrup, oak, and pine resin balance out a great nose. 

Tasting Notes:  Classic.  Much like the nose, caramel, cherry, cinnamon, marzipan, vanilla, oak provide for a smooth sip and finish.

Overall: A.  One of my favorite lower proof bourbons.  It compares favorably to other, higher priced 12-year-olds like Old Medley as it features the most common, classic bourbon notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak, but its certainly not over-oaked or too spicy.  Just really drinkable.  

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