Jim Beam Double Oak Bourbon
There’s an old axiom that claims “Two heads are better than one”. Can that theory be transferred to whiskey barrels? Jim Beam’s Double Oak might answer that question. You see, they initially mature this bourbon in freshly charred American oak barrels, and then move the whiskey over to a fresh set of freshly charred American oak barrels for the second part of its maturation!
A worthy replacement for the now discontinued Jim Beam Double Oak.
Try in a Peach Smash:
50ml Jim Beam Double Oak
20ml fresh lemon juice
20ml peach puree or 1/2 a muddled fresh peach
15ml sugar syrup
Add the ingredients above to a shaker with cubed ice and shake hard for 4 seconds. Strain over crushed ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon wedge.
“Bright notes of vanilla alongside dark notes of charred oak make up the nose. Much of this carries through to the palate, with vanilla bean, crème brûlée, stewed blueberries, and butterscotch creating a lovely ensemble. A long, spicy heat on the finish.” 96 Points, Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation, 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
86 proof. Aged more than four years. Roughly 77% corn, 13% rye, and 10% malted barley. Around $25.
Copper. Unmistakably darker and rustier than the white label.
Leather, firewood, cinnamon, hay. Lovely mustiness.
Dry enough to suck the moisture out of your mouth. Vanilla and anise mid-palate. Dehydrated cherry is the closest thing it offers to fruitiness. Very woody, as expected, with notes of char and licorice. Long, papery finish.