Country: USA
Region: Kentucky
Type: Bourbon
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 43%
Score: 85 points

Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask, Photo ©2014 by Mark Gillespie. This Bourbon brings together traditionally-matured 5-year-old Jim Beam with a variety of Beam’s Bourbons matured for at least four years in quarter-size casks. The nose is mellow and smooth with a good oakiness and touches of caramel candy, vanilla, leather, and a hint of clove. The taste has a good balance of sweetness and spices with honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove notes. The finish has soft spices and a touch of honey. It’s a very light Bourbon, and while smooth and easy to drink, I have to wonder how much better it could be bottled at a higher proof. (July, 2014)