Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tasting: Jim Beam. Double Oak

Jim Beam. Double Oak
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Jim Beam
Age: NAS. (4 + years)
Proof/ABV: 43%
Mash Bill: 77C/13R/10B
DK Price: $36/250dkk
Release: Ongoing

Points: 75/100

Jim Beam’s newest addition to its largely growing range – the Double Oak - has finally arrived in Denmark. The Double Oak has matured in new American White Oak for 4 years before being transferred into freshly charred barrels, for a second and unknown period of maturation time.

The Double Oak comes in Beam’s new bottle design, which are more squared shaped with broader shoulders, than the more rounded old Beam bottles.

The Double Oak is made out of 77% corn, 13% rye and 10% malted Barley. This means that Double Oak is entering Beam’s low rye category, alongside Bookers, Baker’s, Knob Creek and White Label, just to mention a few. It is bottled at a rater low ABV - 43% - but so was the premium Beam Black, so it didn’t came as a big surprise.

Oh yeah! It defiantly smells promising. Woody and oaky upfront. Sweet corn, new leather and cinnamon. Great stuff!

It’s a very classic bourbon profile we are presented with here. It’s smooth with vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and sweet cherry in the background.  

Medium finish with oak being the only survival left to defend the old fort.

Overall impression:   
Jim Beam defiantly got the balance right, and it’s an overall pleasant sipper, but sadly I find the Double Oak flat, like a coke that has been sitting out too long. The flavors are present, but they are hiding under a cloudy blanket.

Photo & Review by: Hasse Berg