Issue Six Peggy Noe Stevens Susan Reigler Tastings

Jim Beam – Black Extra-Aged Bourbon

Jim Beam
Black Extra-Aged Bourbon
Beam Suntory

Proof: 86
ABV: 43%
Style: Bourbon
State: KY 
Price: $$

Peggy Noe Stevens – 7.5

Nose: Butterscotch and light brown sugar with a whip of golden raisin. Herbal and distinct with white pepper. Golden syrup and butter brickle.

Palate:  Biscuit and marmalade citrus notes. Apricot and toffee with light brown sugar and a touch of paprika. Some hints of tobacco and pipe smoke too.

Finish: Pleasant, but could be fuller.

Comment: With the added citrus note,  this would make a good whiskey sour.

Susan Reigler – 7.5 

Nose: Initial notes of anise, cinnamon, ripe pears, and vanilla gradually give way to some dry, toasted grain aromas as some soft spices emerge.

Palate: More caramel than vanilla in the mouth, with full, not precisely rich mouthfeel. 

Finish: Quite spicy, drying to sweet, rather than tannic, oak. Lingers a bit for the proof, but still on the short side.

Comment: The nose was the most complex aspect of this whiskey. Time in the glass sweetens and softens.

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