Rachel Halpren

Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Appearance: clean, medium minus tawny golden color with thick legs

Nose:  clean with a medium intensity of corn, kernel, maple syrup, brown sugar, floral and muted oak 

Palate: dry, integrated but spicy alcohol, medium notes of corn, kernel, sourdough, maple syrup, cinnamon, pepper and soft oak.  Medium finish with notes of kernel and sourdough

Rating:  Average to good.  Basic bourbon that sees limited time in oak so the wood influence is muted.  This allows the … Read more

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