I know it has been way too long since I published a review, but I’ll try to make up for it here in the coming months, as I’ve got a few reviews in the queue. I’m kicking off my fall reviews with a great bargain bourbon – Jim Beam Bonded (Gold Label) Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. I’ve talked about bottled-in-bond bourbons on the site before, and this one is no different. It is 4 years old, 100 proof (50% abv), from a single distillery, and distilled in a single season. This is a fairly new product from Beam, and (spoiler alert) I really hope it sticks around.
The color of this bourbon is mild amber, with orange-gold tints. The nose is rich with big, full vanilla, sawdust, and sweet oak. The palate is full and sweet with brown sugar, vanilla, creamy vanilla frosting, and rich buttercream. The finish is long and sweet with vanilla and brown sugar. Overall, this is a rich, creamy, sweet bourbon with a syrupy sweet, creamy mouthfeel. There is a little oak twinge that runs through it, almost like the wood of a freshly smoked pipe.
In conclusion, this is a very good bourbon, well-made by a distillery that knows exactly what it is doing when it comes to bourbon. This is sweet, woody, and downright delicious all the way through. Give this one a whirl, and I suspect it will quickly become a staple of your cabinet with the holidays approaching. My grade: B. Price: $20-25/750ml. At the price, Jim Beam Bonded is certainly one of the best bourbons on the shelf at your local liquor store.