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Jim Beam Black Aged 8 Years



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This is an amusing review from Ryan, our bourbon specialist. Enjoy.

When poet legend Robert Frost wrote, “Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold…” , he wasn’t only talking about nature. I have the sneaking suspicion he might have had a bourbon in his hand at the time.

Now the holiday season has fallen upon us with a nip in the air and a nip on the lips. What better way to greet your in-laws than after having a Jim Beam Black. Not only will you feel more relaxed, but you can ignore the high volume at which your mother-in-law is speaking. Why not have another of that 8 year old bourbon? After all you deserve it. You have worked hard to put a roof over your family’s head and food on the table. In fact this year you are putting food on the table for all 15 plus extended family members. Have another drink with warm apple cider; Jim Beam Black, some cloves and cinnamon. What better way is there to relax and enjoy the family?

Once the football game begins you hand out beer to all that have gathered in front of your large screen TV, but you pour yourself a Jim Beam Black and cola. Why share the wealth with your brother-in-law whom you dearly despise? That’s right; give him the old standard brew. We know he would never be able to appreciate the delicate sweet notes bouncing off the caramel and warm oak that is trailing down your throat. Sit back and smile at the commoners and enjoy your adult beverage.

After everyone has finally packed up their belongings and leftovers, it is time to have a night cap. Jim Beam Black, straight. This is not a drink to gulp down, especially at 86 proof. No, this is your time to sit back, put your feet by the fire and sip your beverage like a real man. You inhale the scent of relaxation as you read your favorite Dostoevsky novel and wonder what you did right in life to have deserved this? Well alright maybe Dostoyevsky is a bit much, so enjoy your Sudoku or latest Nick Hornby book. Either way, just take in the moment. For now the Thanksgiving feast has a new tradition, not only are you the patriarch of the family where everyone gathers, but JBB is the newest addition to your holiday tradition.

Who knows what will happen with Christmas, just be prepared and have lots of Jim Beam Black on hand. After all your new friend got you through Thanksgiving, it can probably get you through Christmases, too. Robert frost was right, “…so dawn goes down today, nothing gold can stay.” Frost just forgot to add, “in your glass filled with bourbon”.

Color: Like golden streams from a dream.

Nose: A sharp smell of oak. Very relaxing.

Taste: Warm oak with a hint of caramel.

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About Ryan

My name is Ryan, and I joined Martin to share my passion about bourbon. I live in America, but enjoy traveling as much as possible, especially to visit bourbon distilleries (of course!). Not only do I enjoy bourbon, but I also love whisky, wine and premium cigars.

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  1. Bourbon Intelligencer

    December 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Nice review, I’ve been really enjoying Jim Beam Black lately. I completely agree that it is something which goes well during the holidays. Has all the right flavors to mix in your favorite drink or neat after dinner by the fire. Though I wouldn’t really mind sharing it with anyone (whether ones brother-in-law or someone who wouldn’t appreciate it as they should) since it does have such a low price tag.

  2. Joe, Just Joe

    January 21, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I started my youth on Wild Turkey and Jack Daniels. I was convinced that I didn’t like whiskey…
    Then I tried Jim Beam (w Coke back) a little over ten years ago. Many times since I’ve miss the flavor and have begun to experiment in the lower price ranges.

    So far, Jim Beam Black is the most enjoyable drink I’ve ever had. I appreciate the article mentioning that it should be sipped, really experienced– not just trying to get drunk.

  3. Paul E. Ester

    June 29, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Well played, sir.

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