Jim Beam Distiller’s Masterpiece Bourbon Whiskey Finished in PX Sherry Whiskey
What the Distillery Says:
Beam Inc. [NYSE:BEAM], a global leader in premium spirits, and Jim Beam® Bourbon, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, announced its release of Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece, an extra-aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrel finished in Pedro Ximénez (PX) sherry casks.
“My family has been making bourbon in Kentucky since 1795,” said seventh-generation Master Distiller and Jim Beam’s great-grandson Fred Noe. “This is a great time to celebrate another Kentucky icon – horseracing – with the release of some of our most exclusive liquid. The catch is that you’ve got to come out to Kentucky and see us to get a bottle.”
Bourbon At Its Best
This bourbon expression from Jim Beam is the most exclusive, highest quality offering within the Beam family. Only available at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, Ky., it is:
- Extra-aged in the optimal rack-house position, determined by Master Distiller, Fred Noe
- Finished in PX sherry casks, adding a dynamic to its taste that other bourbons can’t offer
- Smooth, rich, full-bodied and mature
- Packaged in a luxury wooden case
- 100-proof and priced at $199.99
What Gary Says:
Nose: Sherry swimming among vanilla and cinnamon, hints of orange peel and baking spices.
Palate: More sherry than the nose advertised, but not overpowering the bourbon. Caramel coffee cake, with a bit of peach cobbler.
Finish: Long, and has a nice little kick before slowly fading, leaving me wanting more.
Comments: If you have a friend who bought a bottle and is offering you a pour, I definitely recommend you take them up on it. I really enjoy this whiskey, and for those who are fans of sherried single malts (like Macallan), I think this might be right up your alley. However, when I think of the types of whiskey that I am willing to part with $200 for, this doesn’t make the cut (although to be fair, there aren’t many out there which do!)
Rating: Must Try
What Richard Says:
Nose: I don’t get a lot of sherry on the nose. At least not in the terms I’m used to seeing it in scotch, Irish whiskey and Japanese whiskey. It’s more like those chocolate orange candies you see around Christmas time and tres leches cake.
Palate: Wow, as reserved as that sherry was on the nose it jumps out on the palate. Traditional cinnamon and vanilla bourbon notes play with sweet stewed fruit and a sticky toffee pudding flavor.
Finish: Cinnamon, black pepper, and nicely woody.
Comments: This was originally a distillery only bottling. Recently though, it is seeing wider distribution. I’m guessing at $200 a pop it wasn’t selling like they had hoped at the distillery gift shop. It’s delicious but not necessarily $200 delicious. I would definitely try it if you see it in a bar but bringing home a bottle is a bit of stretch. A great desert or after dinner whiskey.
Rating: Must Try