Out of all expressions of Jim Beam Straight Bourbon, Black experienced the most changeovers. Introduced as Beam’s Black 8 years old it went to Jim Beam Black, then to Double Aged, both keeping the age statement at 8 years old.
In 2015 the company dropped the age statement and replaced it with ‘XA Extra Aged’ only to drop the ‘XA’ and stick to ‘Extra Aged’ in the middle of 2016. Needless to say that over time the alcohol content has been changed from 45% to 40% and finally to 43%. Other Black expressions were 100 Proof 7 years old and presented here Black Triple Aged 6 years old. The “Triple Aged” statement refers to three times the minimum maturation period for Straight Bourbon designation.
Nose: black cherries, plums, vanilla, caramel, honey, milk chocolate, lemon pepper, pine resin and charred oak.
Palate: vanilla custard, toffee, caramel, popcorn, roasted almonds, hints of cinnamon and cloves and charred oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, charred oak, dash of pepper and cinnamon.