Jim Beam Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey a.k.a. Jim Beam Black Label is labelled as "extra aged," making it likely a blend of whiskeys aged around eight years. Those extra years make for a smooth, full-bodied flavor that has won competitions. The flavor of the whiskey itself softens and gives the barrel influences a chance to shine with vanilla and oak taking center stage before the signature Jim Beam hot-cinnamon finish. Jim Beam Black can be enjoyed neat or with a splash of water to bring out the flavors, but at such a competitive price, why not try it out in your favorite whiskey cocktail?
Are any of the above close to their old version of 7 Year Old (with black label) that was available up until the mid-90's? Yes, I have tried this 8 year version of Black Label but it's not nearly as smooth as the old one and I find it still a bit too spicy. It was the old version that introduced me into the bourbon lover's club but it has not been available in years.
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