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Jim Beam Black Bourbon Review

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Jim Beam Black Bourbon review
Jim Beam Black
Extra-Aged Bourbon
86 Proof

Please enjoy our Jim Beam Black Bourbon review!

What is Jim Beam Black Bourbon?

Jim Beam Black Bourbon is an older and slightly higher proof version of Jim Beam “White Label” Bourbon, the number 1 selling bourbon in the world. According to the bottle label: “By giving our classic Jim Beam Black the important added ingredient of time in our charred white oak barrels we discovered the smooth caramel and warm oak notes of this premium extra-aged bourbon. A full-bodied character that’s definitely worth the wait.” So, let’s check it out!

Jim Beam Black is “Extra Aged”

“Extra-aged”; so, what exactly does that mean? Well… Similar to its white labeled sibling, Jim Beam Black does not carry an age statement. A few years back, this bottle bore an 8 year age statement. Currently, the general consensus is that Jim Beam Black is around 6 years old. Whereas, Jim Beam White Label is around 4 years old. At one point, Jim Beam Black was called “Double Aged”, but that name has since been dropped. I guess “One and a Half Times Aged” just didn’t have quite the same ring to it!😊

Jim Beam Black Bourbon Tasting Notes

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Pear, cherry, caramel, light cinnamon, honey, oak, vanilla, and a touch of cedar
👉🏻Taste: Simple syrup and light honey sweetness, caramel, vanilla, soft apples, some barrel char and oak
👉🏻Finish: The flavors continue into the finish with some added char and black pepper spiciness and a fairly long finish for the proof


For 86 proof, Jim Beam Black Bourbon has a surprising mouthfeel and nose, as well as a relatively long finish. Now, I’m not saying that you would confuse this bourbon with something like Knob Creek Single Barrel at 120 proof, but it definitely drinks a bit bigger than it is. At the same time, it is very drinkable, and “approachable”, if you will. It’s light enough for a hot day, yet full bodied enough for a cold night around the fire. It is just an all around good bourbon. At around 20 bucks for 750ml bottle, it’s a great deal. Just as aside, that same $20 will get you a full liter of Jim Beam White Label. Jim Beam Black is not loaded with complexity, but hey, it’s 20 bucks!

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