Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Amber hued with grassy, spicy notes in the perfume, and a salivating smell of melted butter and oak. Spice attacks the midpalate with a good dose of acidity and a dark peppery finish. (Mar 2013)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - Smells of sweet corn, buttered popcorn and pistachio nuts in the early stages; later whiffs pick up well-endowed scents of sautéed butter, oaky vanilla, beeswax and linseed oil. Palate entry is full-bodied, sweet and honeyed; at midpalate the taste profile turns drier, more intensely grainy-mashy and breakfast cereal-like. Finishes with notes of nougat, almonds, candy bar, and oak. Best Buy. - Paul (6/1/2005) - 90-95: Superb/Highly Recommended (Jun 2005)
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Moderately full-bodied. Marmalade, honey, maple. Rounded and fragrant on the palate. Ample fruit is brought forth with rich woody components. Long, smooth, sweet and delicious finish. This small batch bourbon from Jim Beam is aged 9 years in flash-fired white oak barrels. The depth of charring forms a layer of red caramelized wood and gives the 100 proof whiskey its deep amber color and sweet flavor.