Beverage alcohol has been a part of American culture since the first European settlers arrived with their family recipes for beers and spirits and founded their own distilleries and alehouses. Yet it wasn’t until Kentuckians began distilling whiskey from corn in the late eighteenth century that America would find its national drink – bourbon whiskey. Today, bourbon is as American as apple pie and Jim Beam is the biggest name in the business. When first-generation American Jacob Beam relocated from Maryland to Kentucky and began distilling bourbon, he couldn’t have known that he was launching a family business of remarkable longevity. Over two centuries and seven generations, the company’s dedication to consistent quality has made Jim Beam the best-selling bourbon in the world and an American icon recognized around the globe. Jim Beam Black is no ordinary bourbon. Jim Beam Black has been aged a full eight years in new charred oak barrels, charcoal filtered and then bottled at the distillery in kentucky. It truly is a bourbon of distinctive character.
It is a deep gold, amber color. This is most likely attributed to the extra years spent in the charred oak. Jim Beam Black is actually quite pleasant, with hints of caramel, fields of grain, and the oak. The predominant aroma is the sweetness if some water is added. Like the nose, Jim Beam Black is slightly sweet at first. There is also a charred spiciness that will be quite pleasant to any bourbon/whiskey drinker in the America. It is not smoky like a Scotch, more of an American charcoal taste.