By Father John Rayls
A limited release from Jim Beam ought to grab a bourbon lover’s attention, and this time it truly is something special. The cost is… well, we’ll get to that, but, regardless, Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut is worth a good, long look. And I say that even though Beam is not one of my favorite producers.
Here are some points to consider. It’s within everyone’s price range, but the flavor profile is exceptional for Jim Beam. It is 5 to 6 years old, unfiltered and bottled at 100 proof. The no-filtration part may be the doing the charm here, due to additional fatty acids and other compounds that stay in the whiskey. Those acids tend to cloud the whiskey at lower temperatures, but many aficionados swear by them.
This bourbon has a beautiful dark reddish brown coloring with attention grabbing dark copper highlights. The legs begin with a plethora of thin, reluctant rivulets surrounding the glass. They slowly merge into thick legs, frozen in place and refusing to drain.
The nose is medium in intensity, but readily available. Charred oak is primary with leather and caramel and light vanilla supporting the aromas and some distant fruitiness (cherries).
The flavor profile was spot on with a combination of big charred oak, leather, light caramel and tobacco. The mouthfeel was slightly oily with primarily a mid-mouth experience both upper and lower. The finish was long, but didn’t interfere with the palate experience. The charred oak continued with an introduction of black pepper. It soon transitioned into white pepper, but it never became overpowering. The heat was just enough to get your attention and to maintain it while providing a definitely dry experience. The finish simply refused to quit and stayed mid-mouth.
Prepare yourself for this part: suggested retail is about $23.00, but can be found for under $19.00. This is a major find with big flavor and unbelievable price. Remember, this is a limited release from Jim Beam and you should go and buy several bottles right away. You won‘t be disappointed.