Nose: Not too sweet, which I like. Rye, butterscotch, nutmeg, charred oak, maple, cinnamon, licorice, vanilla and eucalyptus. The vanilla has a distinctive subtlety. It seems to hover just above the other notes. This seems to have the most pronounced drying effect among the Beam Small Batch series. Very fun to nose.
Palate: Wow. A sweet/bitter arrival with sting. Despite its power, this retains a medium mouthfeel. This is dry, big, and prickly. A healthy helping of rye, roasted nuts, oak, cayenne, charcoal, and again that hovering vanilla note. Brilliant intensity.
Finish: It stings for a while (in a good way). Very spicy and very big. Oak, roasted nuts, licorice, hay, vanilla, butter, spearmint, bitter herbs, and a sarsaparilla note that is somewhere between medicine and root beer. There’s a burnt character to this finish. Long and sturdy.
Thoughts: Where Basil Hayden’s is light, this one is heavy. Where Knob Creek is sweet, this is bitter. Where Booker’s offers structured power, this offers brute force. This is a bold, aggressive, unapologetic creature. It attacks, it stings, it dries, and it punishes you in the best kind of way. It follows that some people might see this as unbalanced. Not so. I think it has the intended effect. I have to applaud Beam for giving us a full spectrum of profiles in their small batch series. This is a solid compliment to the series and my second favorite to date (all hail Bookers!). Good stuff.
*裸麥, 焦糖味奶油, 肉荳蔻, 燒過的橡木, 楓樹, 肉桂, 甘草, 乾草, 香草, 桉树.
*這款是SMALL BATCH SERIES OF JIM BEAM,這是我第二喜歡的,