Review No.1. Jim Beam White Label

Jim Beam is a widely available brand of bourbon and you will be able to find a wide variety from their range stocked from most supermarkets.  If you haven’t had bourbon before then this is a good place to start, it is not expensive and is great as a mixer if you are not so keen on it neat.  I buy this as a session whisky when I am drinking with others.  You can’t go wrong.


Whisky: Jim Beam White Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, 40% vol.

Nose: Hints of corn, vanilla, brown sugar and some cherry

Taste: Corn, vanilla, cinnamon spice and pepper

Finish: Short with some alcohol heat. Slight brown sugar aftertaste

Score: 2

Summary: A very straightforward bourbon.  Classic bourbon flavours such as vanilla and cinnamon show in this but it is quite light and somewhat watery. Recommend to those that are new to bourbon but would suggest swiftly moving on to others if you want to see what bourbon has to offer.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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