Review: Jim Beam Lineage
Jim Beam’s latest release is an ultra-luxe bottling that will be exclusive to travel retail. It’s also the first collaboration between father and son Fred and Freddie Noe, a 15 year old bourbon distilled in 2004 that is the first bourbon in the Jim Beam portfolio to bear Freddie’s name.
Bottles are packaged inside a wooden box with a brass placard inside which is engraved with batch and bottle number.
There’s instantly a lot to love here, and I don’t say that lightly. This is an exuberant, well-made product.
The nose is just overflowing with spice, beautifully mixed with toasty oak, sesame, and a touch of peanut shell. Hints of tea leaf emerge with time in glass, giving the whiskey a certain exotic character. The palate again shows powerful bursts of baking spice and a smattering of fresh, green herbs. Butterscotch and, unusually, gingerbread notes quickly come to the fore, with notes of cloves and dark caramel washing over the experience in waves. Warming and satiating, the whiskey is even better with a little water, letting notes of chocolate and a stronger, brighter caramel note come to the fore. A gentle layer of spice lingers on the finish, making for a soothing and delightfully refined bourbon experience.
This is a much different experience than Beam’s last 15 year old expression, Knob Creek 15 Years Old, so don’t feel like you’re doubling up if you’re considering adding both to your collection.
111 proof. Reviewed: Batch #1.
A / $250 / jimbeam.com
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