The Jim Beam Signature Craft is the Kentucky distillery’s small batch range of bourbons, including this 12 Year Old expression. The 12 years in the barrel seems to have been just the right amount of time needed, as it’s full flavoured with just the right amount of oak-y notes and wonderfully easy to drink.
Nose: Wisps of subtle cinnamon, vanilla and fragrant oak.
Palate: Chewy vanilla caramels and more cinnamon spice, intensified by the oak spices but never getting out of hand. A little pepper note appears later on.
Finish: A drying finish, with oak spices giving you a happy wave goodbye.
Overall: The added time in the cask has done the Jim Beam bourbon good.