Jim Beam Repeal Batch

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Intro: “For the 85th anniversary of Repeal Day, we wanted to release a bourbon inspired by our heritage and dedicated to the hard work my great-grandfather put into rebuilding our family business after Prohibition,” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s seventh generation master distiller. “Jim Beam Repeal Batch pays tribute to all the generations of Beams that came before me.”

Review: The nose…I want to like this because I have had some really good Beam products recently, thanks to a great American, Mr. Whalen…the dad of JDub…JDub is quite the rube, but still a fine American. So lets dive in…heavy corn, and I am going to say that I did the James E. Pepper tour again last week and we did a sniff test of all the grains in bourbon, so I am up and up on my rye…shit is that in there? Barley? Well, corn is in this one for sure. Back to the sniff…corn, barn…kids homework is distracting me…pause…

Ok…the simple time problem is complete…

Corn…still…nearly no fumes. It’s very young in the nose, I can tell because the grain really sticks out vice an older bourbon that would carry more of the sweet notes from the hot Kentucky summers and the bitter cold winters, absorbing and squeezing the char from the barrel.

The first sip…this is just to get my pallet used to bourbon…mmm…no burn on the lips or the tongue. No burn on the swallow. Grain forward in the finish with a hint of wanting to be sweet. More like the sour mash flavor when you try the sour mash in the fermenting tank. Second sip…no burn…this is very grainy and sour, like sour dough bread, you know that yeasty flavor. I am not so sure about this one, it’s 86 proof and kind of feels like it, not strong on anything but the sour mash. It has a really light color, I am guessing it is 4 years old. Third sip…corn…corn…and more corn finished with that sour yeast flavor. Forth sip…its the same, would I call it complex…kind of. I don’t think I have ever tasted a bourbon that is so unique in this kind of profile. It’s not hot, its not sweet, it’s in another league all on it’s own with the grainy flavors and sour mash.

Is it worth the $?

This costs $17 at some places and I bought it for $21 with tax. I guess for this one as a collector I would say yeah buy it. It brings to the table something that no others I have tried has. If you are into Beam products this one is a cool one to have. I am a huge fan of the label.