James B. Beam Distillery, Clermont, Kentucky, United States
We all know good old Jim Beam, a commercial mainstay of genuine American bourbons. Well from time to time, we like to be spoiled with a small special edition, a plush bottling, even a nice statement of age. Here is the Jim Beam 12 years Signature Craft.
It is a special distillate from the master distiller Fred Noe, prepared in small batches, aged 12 years in new oak barrels and bottled at 43% alcohol.
As the Canadian journalist and founder of the eponymous group rightly said, Alphonse Desjardins (1854-1920) said so well:
A handwritten signature often reveals the character of its author. And sometimes even his name.
Seems rather pale versus the more typical bourbons.
Hard candies, corn and vanilla with a little soapy aspect. Walnut accents topped with honey and butterscotch. Dusty mint leaf.
Sweet with honey and vanilla. Corn and spices wake up soon after. Quite silky in the mouth, with a pleasant impression of graham crackers and fresh mango.
Quite short in demonstrating spikes of cocoa, spices and orange peel with a return of candy from the nose.
A beautiful bourbon almost top shelf. From time to time, it is good to leave aside the entry-level bourbons and release a little more sorrel and enjoy a quality product. 12 years of aging and more!