Thursday, May 1, 2014

Simply Reliable - Jim Beam Rye, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Jim Beam Rye

Here is a plain simple rye that does not go wrong. Neither aggressive or over powering nor lacking in the booty. Jim Beam Rye has a 51% Rye mash bill and is bottled at 37% ABV for Australia. That is pretty low for a whisky but I simply think it is all it's market calls for. Make s a good mixer but I actually think this is a good reliable sipping whisky and that is not pulling its chain.

I first encountered this whisky at a Whisky Fair a few years back and was surprised at just how flavoursome it was. The bottle looks a bit old and the branding a bit cheap, compounded by the price just made me suspicious of quality. Truly though this is a pleasure giver and aged at only 4 years you will be forgiven to think it has not developed enough.

Jim Beam Rye, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Distiller: Jim Beam
Location / Region: Kentucky, USA
Colour: Orange rust
Alcohol / ABV: 37% (Australian bottling)

Nose:  Heavy toasted oak vanillas, spiced black pepper, mint and camphor and a little bit of wood polish after the first dram.

Taste: All toasted vanilla at first that gently moves into the thick rich spices before developing that typical chew to the palate of a Rye. Sweet corns do appear after the first dram as does the mint again.

Finish: Long and spicy but a little stretched most likely due to the lower alcohol.

Overall a fine whisky for the bargain basement price of $37AU a bottle. Makes for a good mixer or a nice light Old Fashioned. Simple but trust worthy even if it is a little light on the depth. If I was to give a dram 4.5 out of 7. Jim Beam Rye is great value and reliable.

The Baron