Jim Beam Signature Craft Series
These bourbons represent an entirely unique approach to crafting bourbon from a family that has been making it since the dawn of the American Revolution.
$49.99 Retail Price
Proof: 86 (43% ABV) each
Distiller: Jim Beam American Stillhouse
Availability: This product is not available in AL, AK, AR, DE, KS, HI, MA, MN, MD, MS, NH, PA, TX or UT.
12 Year Old: Soft, sweet notes of marzipan, creamy vanilla, honey and cinnamon complemented by a subtle oaky undertone. Finish intensifies the notes of vanilla, caramel and oak, and has a touch of smoke.
Brandy Finish: Sweet notes of dates, raisins and figs that give way to graceful notes of caramel, vanilla and cinnamon. Finish is gentle and satisfying, with a crisp, sweet finish.
Following the end of the American Revolutionary War, Johannes Reginald Beam emigrated from Germany to the United States, and eventually settled in Kentucky County. At the time, Kentucky County was still considered part of Virginia, and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. In order to encourage westward expansion, Virginia issued pioneers who agreed to settle in Kentucky County “corn writs,” which granted the pioneers 60 acres of land if they agreed to settle in Kentucky and start farming corn.
After settling in Kentucky, Beam began harvesting corn and set forth a family tradition by distilling the excess grains he harvested into whiskey. Since then, seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the eponymously-named company (the company is actually named after James Beam, who rescued it following Prohibition). Today, Fred Noe – a seventh generation master distiller and the great grandson of Colonel James B. Beam – shepherds his family legacy forward.
Jim Beam 12 Year Old Signature Craft Bourbon Whiskey was released in 2013 and is one of the oldest bourbons Jim Beam has ever released. Despite its age, Noe was able to manage the woodiness of the bourbon quite well. As a result, the bourbon has soft, sweet notes of marzipan, creamy vanilla, honey and cinnamon that are complemented by a subtle oaky undertone. In addition, the finish intensifies the notes of vanilla, caramel and oak, and is complemented by a touch of smoke. “We were able to manage the flavors just right,” says Noe.
Jim Beam 12 Year Old Signature Craft Bourbon earned five stars from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, which called the bourbon “lovely” and “superb.” In addition, it earned a score of 95 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and was named the Craft Bourbon of the Year by the New York International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Jim Beam Signature Craft Bourbon Whiskey Rare Spanish Brandy Finish is a limited edition bourbon that pays homage to a bourbon that was released in Australia. Rather than finishing the bourbon in casks that were previously used to mature brandy, Jim Beam Signature Craft Rare Spanish Brandy is made by adding a small aliquot of rare Spanish brandy to the bourbon. As a result, the bourbon has sweet notes of dates, raisins and figs that give way to graceful notes of caramel, vanilla and cinnamon. The finish is gentle and satisfying, with a crisp, sweet finish.
Jim Beam Signature Craft Bourbon Whiskey Rare Spanish Brandy Finish also earned five stars from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, which called the bourbon “impeccable” and said that “a new era has dawned for the venerable distillery.” It also earned a score of 95 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, which rated it one of the Top 50 Spirits of 2013.
The Jim Beam Signature Craft Bourbon Whiskey Series represents an entirely unique approach to producing bourbon from a family that has been making it since the dawn of the American Revolution. “If you get stagnant, people are going to stop looking at you,” says Noe. “Bourbon is hot all over the world. People read about this stuff, and they want it.” Try two bourbons you want today!