Country: USA
Region: Kentucky
Type: Bourbon
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 50%
Score: 89 points

Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon. Image courtesy Jim Beam.This is a “bottled in bond” Bourbon, meaning at least four years old from a single distillery, all of the casks in the batch were filled during the same distilling season (January 1-June 30 or July 1-December 31), and bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV).

The nose has notes of honey, allspice, a touch of nuttiness, wet leather (think a wet baseball glove or a football), tobacco, molasses cookies, and a subtle oakiness. The taste is very spicy with cinnamon and chili powder notes, caramel and honey underneath with oak, dark chocolate, leather, and brown sugar. The finish takes all of those flavors and lets them fade away smoothly and consistently. (March, 2015)