Today, I am reviewing Jim Beam Yellow Label, the flagship rye whiskey from the James B. Beam Distillery. I have reviewed a few rye whiskeys on the blog so far, but this is the cheapest one so far. Jim Beam Yellow Label is bottled at 80 proof and aged 4 years, just like Jim Beam’s entry level bourbon. However, I do believe that rye whiskeys work better at younger ages than bourbons, and I believe Jim Beam’s Rye is an example of that.
On the nose, Jim Beam Rye is a quintessential rye whiskey. There are notes of rye spices, menthol, cinnamon, pine straw, black licorice, and dried mint leaves. It is a very pleasant nose, although it is a little subdued. It doesn’t quite jump out of the glass like some other rye whiskeys. The palate has a nice balance of sweet and spicy notes, the combination between vanilla and cinnamon. There are also notes of evergreen trees and sour candy. The finish is moderate to medium long. There is some rye spice lingering, combined with mint leaves and a little vanilla.
Overall, I am a fan of this whiskey. It is flavorful up front, and it is a great introduction to rye whiskey. It makes a flavorful mixer if rye-based drinks are your style. The nose is very nice, and the palate is a simple, solid presentation of what a rye whiskey can be. My grade: C. Price: $15-20/750ml. What is best about this whiskey is the price. For $16, you can have a great introduction to rye whiskey and a great mixing whiskey for your liquor cabinet.