In a recent visit to my local liquor store, while looking for something new, I stumbled upon Jim Beam Double Oak Whiskey. I’ve always been a fan of Beam’s products, since I have an affinity for oaky flavors in my whiskey. I have found Beam products to be pleasantly oaky, even when not complex.
What would be the impact of aging Beam’s product in two different sets of charred oak barrels? Read on to find out.
Appearance. Having been aged in two different new charred oak barrels, I anticipated this stuff to be significantly darker than most bourbons. It’s a nice amber color with good legs, but it’s not significantly darker than others – maybe a little less red but not really darker. Still, it looks tasty.
Nose. The most amazing thing about the nose of this stuff comes after the glass is empty. It’s almost like taking a whiff of a recently doused fire pit…really woody and smoky. If I could get a candle that smelled like this, I would buy it. Overall, the nose is predominantly of charred oak, with hints of caramel and toffee. (I really like keeping an empty glass next to me all evening and taking in the scents.)
Taste. The taste is very good. There’s a burn up front, followed by flavors of vanilla, oak and caramel. The taste isn’t as smokey as I anticipated, and it’s not overly complex, but it is very tasty. Like I said, I enjoy oaky flavors in my whiskey.
Overall. If you like woody whiskey with hints of caramel and a decent burn, Jim Beam Double Oak is the stuff for you. For the price, it’s outstanding.