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Posts from the ‘Jim Beam’ Category

6
Aug

Review: Jim Beam Vanilla

Jim Beam Vanilla was just released.  It joins a flavored whiskey lineup that includes an Apple, Honey, Black Cherry, Maple and their Cinnamon Flavored Kentucky Fire Whiskey.  The bourbon base of Jim Beam Vanilla is made with a secret mix of corn, rye, and barley malt.  Limestone filtered water and some “set back” up to 40% of the old mash from the previous distillation, is added to the 10,000 gallon cooker.  Since Prohibition ended over 75 years ago the same strain of jug yeast is added.  This yeast is used in the fermentation process once the mash is cooked and cooled.  It is distilled in a 65 foot tall column still, and then distilled a second time in a doubler, similar to a pot still.  The bourbon is aged in brand new charred oak barrels.  While no age statement is provided for Jim Beam Vanilla, Jim Beam Original is aged for 4 years.  Madagascar Vanilla Liqueur is blended with the bourbon base before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »

22
Jul

Review: Jim Beam Apple

Jim Beam Apple image - CopyJim Beam Apple was just released in the US, after it was successfully launched in Europe a couple of months ago.  It is made with corn, rye, barley malt, and limestone filtered water, that feeds into a 10,000 gallon cooker.  Once cooked the mash heads to the fermenter tank where a 75 year old yeast strain is added.  It is then distilled twice in a 35 foot tall column still and then aged for at least four years in brand new charred American oak barrels.  Apple liqueur is then infused before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »

11
Jan

Review: Jim Beam Honey

Jim Beam Honey - CopyJim Beam Honey was introduced in 2012.  It is made with corn, rye, barley malt, and water, and aged for four years in oak barrels and infused with golden honey and liqueur before it is bottled at 70 proof.  Jim Beam currently makes six flavored bourbons, although by law they can not be sold as bourbon because they don’t meet the minimum 80 proof requirement.  Their Black Cherry, Spiced, and Hardcore Cider are crafted to appeal to new bourbon drinkers and are sold under their Red Stag label.  Their Maple, Honey, and Kentucky Fire are crafted to appeal to their current base. Read more »

19
Dec

Review: Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry

Red Stag Black cherry - CopyJim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry flavored whiskey was released June 2009.  It is one of three flavors in their Red Stag line of bourbons, and one of six flavored bourbons currently made by Jim Beam in Frankfort Kentucky.  It is made with their four year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon and it is infused with natural flavors including black cherry before bottling at 80 proof. Read more »

5
Dec

Review: Jim Beam Kentucky Fire

jim beam kentucky fire - CopyJim Beam Kentucky Fire was released Nationwide October 2014.  It is made with corn, rye, barley malt, and water.  It is aged for four years in oak barrels and infused with cinnamon liqueur before it is bottled at 70 proof.  Jim Beam currently makes six flavored bourbons.  By law they can’t call these bourbons because they are bottled at less than the required minimum 80 proof.  Their Black Cherry, Spiced, and Hardcore Cider  are designed to appeal to new bourbon drinkers and are sold under their Red Stag label.  Their Maple, Honey, and Kentucky Fire are crafted to appeal to their current base. Read more »

29
Nov

Review: Jim Beam Maple Bourbon

Jim beam maple - CopyJim Beam Maple Bourbon was introduced September 2013.  While it was the first maple flavored bourbon, it was introduced after the successful launch of Crown Royal Maple Finished Whisky.  Jim Beam currently makes 6 flavored bourbons.  The three under the Red Stag line, Black Cherry, Spiced, and Hardcore Cider are designed to appeal to new bourbon drinkers looking for a new alcohol to drink flavored.  The other three include Maple, Honey, and Kentucky Fire, they are designed to appeal to their current base, looking for a little flavor to add to their favorite bourbon.  Jim Beam Maple is made with corn, rye, barley malt and water and it is aged for four years in oak barrels and infused with natural maple flavor before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »

20
Nov

Review: Jim Beam Red Stag Hardcore Cider

Red stag hardcore cider - CopyJim Beam Red Stag Hardcore Cider was introduced October 2013.  It is one of three flavors in their Red Stag line of flavored bourbons, and one of six flavored bourbons currently made by Jim Beam in Frankfort Kentucky.  It is made with their 4 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon infused with natural apple cider and other natural flavors and bottled at 80 proof. Read more »