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Jim Beam White Label Bourbon review

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Jim Beam White Label is one of the most recognizable bourbons in the world, Jim Beam being

“one of the best selling brands of bourbon in the world in 2008” (according to Wikipedia, 3/21/2015).

Aged for four years, this Original Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a big portion of rye in the mash bill.

This has KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE written all over it

Even though this bourbon wasn’t as bad as I could recollect, it did give its taste and scents in lighter notes, than the better bourbons tend to give. Decent dram, especially for the price. But everything is too light (and almost too harsh and sour).

I do like the presence of the rye in the taste but otherwise everything is too delicate. This is not bad but can’t be taken too seriously either. Like Kentucky Fried Movie, which IMDb states as

“series of short, highly irreverent, and quite often tasteless skits.”

That’s almost like describing this Jim Beam Original Bourbon. If you want a step up from ordinary Jim Beam, you should try the Jim Beam Double Oak.

Tasting Notes

Mash bill:
75% corn, 13% rye, 12% malted Barley
Colour: Deep amber
ABV: 40%
Nose: Sugary corn dominates. Watery vanilla with caramel notes. Some watery oranges as well.
Taste: Feel of rye is present. Lightly spicy with vanilla and oak.
Finish: Oak with spices and sour notes, fast finish.
Balance: Not as harsh as I remembered it to be. Bit watery at the start and gentle and fast, so the score stays low. Otherwise it would have gotten a bit higher score, because it tastes decent.


Distillery: Jim Beam Region: Clermont, Kentucky, USA Owner: Beam Suntory

Jim Beam White Label Bourbon review

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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  1. […] According to, Jim Beam has a decent taste for its price. Everything is too light for this type of whiskey. […]

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