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Every Jim Beam Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

Nov 16, 2020

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by Matty Sims

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

I’ve decided to spend the next month or so on the bottom shelf of the bourbon dial to truly find out which bottom shelf bourbon is better. Why not start with the OG of the bottom shelf? Jim Beam bourbon or as some people call it Jim Beam White Label.

Master of Malt describes the distillation process for Jim Beam bourbon:

Jim Beam bourbon undergoes distillation at lower temperatures and is distilled to no more than 62.5%, the White label is aged for four years and has quite a high percentage of rye in the mashbill.

The Jim Beam Original mashbill is 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley. It’s off the still at 135 proof, in the barrel at 125 proof, and in the bottle at 80 proof. In 1943, Jim Beam officially was named after James B. Beam who resurrected the distillery after prohibition, and so was born the most popular bourbon brand in America and the iconic Jim Beam white label

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The Best Jim Beam Bourbon Ranked

  • Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged – Silver 85.6 out of 100 Points
  • Jim Beam Devil’s Cut – Bronze 81 out of 100 Points
  • Jim Beam White – Bronze 77 out of 100 Points
  • Jim Beam Bonded – Ranking Coming Soon
  • Jim Beam Double Oak – Ranking Coming Soon
  • Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut – Ranking Coming Soon
  • Jim Beam Repeal Batch – Ranking Coming Soon

Jim Beam bourbon blind tasting is the only way to do an honest head to head. One of my favorite YouTube channels for whiskey tastings It’s Bourbon Night did a phenomenal Jim Beam bourbon blind tasting. Check it out.

Jim Beam White Reviewed

Jim Beam Bourbon

Jim Beam Bourbon (White Label)
Jim Beam Bourbon (White Label)Details
Mashbill75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley
Off the Still135 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle80 Proof
ABV40%
Age4 Years
Release TypeSmall Batch
Price$14.97
DistilleryJim Beam Distillery
568 Happy Hollow Rd.
Clermont, KY 40110
ProsGreat Mixer
ConsLacks Complexity
RatingBronze 77 out of 100 Points
InventoryPass for Me

High viscosity and oily covering my Glencairn whiskey glass. It’s white gold and hay color.

Nose – 72 out of 100 Points

I get peanut shells and hay. Subtle underripe peach, bitter orange peel, and vanilla and light caramel. Kind of disappointed. The big, bold flavors I expect from Beam aren’t there.

Taste – 80 out of 100 Points

It’s got hints of light caramel and vanilla with the peanut shell note and hints of black pepper on the top of the palate.

Finish – 81 out of 100 Points

The finish is more peanuts, vanilla, and black pepper but it’s a short finish but not what I’d call smooth either.

Verdict – Bronze 77 out of 100 Points

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The nose was disappointing but the palate and finish rebounded. It’s amazing how much flavor Beam gets out of its 6 to 8-year-old bourbon for Booker’s but how those bold flavors aren’t present in their entry-level Beam white label bourbon.

This is a mixer all the way. Made a great highball with this after seeing Beam advertising it on Instagram the past week or so. Pro Tip: get your hands on some dusty Jim Beam bourbon — it can sometimes be found at a reasonable price, and let me tell you the Jim Beam Original Dusty doesn’t disappoint.

Jim Beam White: Frequently Asked Questions

Jack Daniels vs Jim Beam

Is Jim Beam better than Jack Daniels?

I ranked Jack Daniel’s higher than Jim Beam white label. I’d go with Jack.

Is Jim Beam a bourbon or a whiskey?

It’s both actually. All bourbon is whiskey.

How do you drink Jim Beam bourbon?

Drink it however you want. I’d mix it with coke on a hot summer day personally or make a highball.

Can you drink Jim Beam straight?

Of course, you can but for me, it’s lacking the complexity and depth I’m looking for in a bourbon I’d drink neat.

Is Jim Beam considered top shelf?

Jim Beam definitely distills top-shelf bourbon, but Jim Beam white label isn’t top-shelf.

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Review

Jim Beam Devil's Cut

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon
Jim Beam Devil's Cut BourbonDetails
Mashbill75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley
Off the Still135 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
Age6 to 8YO
Release TypeSmall Batch
Suggested MSRP$19.99
ProsBudget-friendly. Solid neat. Enjoyable.
ConsLacks Complexity
RatingSilver 81 out of 100 Points
InventoryTry It First

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut is a technical flex by the Jim Beam distillery. “We take the liquid we extract from our barrels, blend it with extra-aged Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey and bottle it at 90 proof to create a premium bourbon with extra depth and complexity.”

Moderate glass coverage with thin beady legs.

Nose – 82 out of 100 Points

Vanilla, charred wood, and raisins. Reminds me a bit of those vanilla yogurt covered raisins. It’s a straightforward experience. Not a bad experience but not complex or compelling either.

Taste – 82 out of 100 Points

Lots of charred oak with just a hint of burnt brown sugar, and black pepper on the mid-palate.

Finish – 79 out of 100 Points

Short finish. Basically, the same flavor profile from nose to finish. Sweet oak.

Verdict – Bronze 81 out of 100 Points

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I would drink this over the Jim Beam white label. I would place it squarely within the mid-shelf drinker category. Budget-friendly. Solid neat. Enjoyable.

Is Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Good?

I enjoyed sipping on Jim Beam Devil’s Cut. It was wood and sweet with a nice amount of spice.

Is Jim Beam Devil’s Cut really extracted from wood?

Yes, Jim Beam takes the stubborn bourbon that’s left in their barrels. Extracted it and blended it with Jim Beam extra-aged bourbon to create this blend.

Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged Review

Jim Beam Extra-Aged - Best Bourbons Under $30

Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged
Jim Beam Black Extra-AgedDetails
Mashbill75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley
Off the Still135 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle86 Proof
ABV43%
AgeNAS (Previously 8YO Minimum)
Release TypeSmall Batch
Suggested MSRP$18.99
ProsSolid Sipper
ConsLacks Punchy Flavors
RatingSilver 85.6 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It and Try It

Nose – 85 out of 100 Points

Classic bourbon notes — vanilla, caramel, and charred oak. The flavors are a bit muted.

Taste – 85 out of 100 Points

The sweet note is butterscotch on the mid-palate. It’s smoky charred oak and black pepper with a light creamy caramel mouthfeel.

Finish – 86 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium to long. It’s creamy caramel, smoky oak, and cinnamon.

Complexity – 85 out of 100 Points

This bourbon grew on me. It also improved through the drinking experience. This isn’t a dig but this is the kind of better the less you analyze it. Just sit on the front porch and sip and you’ll be happy for hours on a cool fall afternoon.

Value – 87 out of 100 Points

Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged is less than $20. It’s a solid but as a mixer, to share with friends who aren’t bourbon fanatics, or just to sip daily on a bourbon budget.

Verdict – Silver 85.6 out of 100 Points

Is Jim Beam Black really the highest-rated bourbon?

Jim Beam’s Black won the Bourbon Trophy at the 2016 International Wine & Spirits Competition, their highest honor.

Jim Beam Bonded Review

Full Review Coming Soon

Jim Beam Double Oak Review

Full Review Coming Soon

Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut Review

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Jim Beam Single Barrel 108 Proof Review

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Jim Beam Repeal Batch Review

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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