Jim Beam Bonded
Distillery: Beam Inc . Clermont, KY
Age: 4 YR
Nose: Candy corn; waxy corn and caramel followed by notes of dark fruit leather, vanilla, toffee and spice.
Palate: Candy corn and dark fruit leather, but this time it’s mixed with some sarsaparilla spice. Lighter notes of toffee, vanilla, wood, raw grain and the yeast gets stronger towards the end.
Notes: Jim Beam Bonded is one of the latest editions of Jim Beam to come out of the famed Kentucky distillery. Bonded whiskey has long been synonymous with high quality whiskey and that connection comes from pre-prohibition times when the rules around whiskey were… let’s call them not-really-there. All manner of things could be passed off as whiskey until the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897 came into play.Bottled In Bond are a set of federal regulations that basically ensure people are “getting the good stuff”. BiB (as it’s referred to by whiskey geeks) means that the spirit in the bottle, usually whiskey, was produced in a single distillation season by a single distillery. It also needs to mature in a federally bonded warehouse for a minimum of 4 years and then be bottled at 100 proof. Lastly the label needs to clearly state where it was distilled and bottled (if different from where distilled).