Bourbon Review: Jim Beam Black

Jim Beam Distillery - Straight Bourbon - 86 proof

Jim Beam Black took home the International Wine & Spirits Competition’s Bourbon Trophy in 2016.

"It's got a good shape. This is a man's drink"

Anytime we can do a review with friends we have a great time. Getting to watch Larry drink bourbon was PRICELESS.

Man this review was a blast, we had special guests Marco Conti and Larry Vishak of Barber & The Brain podcast. The four of us reviewed Jim Beam Black and while it was not scored very high, it is a solid bourbon for the price. Full disclosure, Larry is not a fan of bourbon, so let’s just say the taste test was a little rough. We recommend you watch this episode on Facebook or YouTube, Larry’s reaction is a must see. Per the usual, we look at 5 different categories in our own terms: Bottle, Appearance, Smell, Value, and Taste. Enjoy the review, drop us a comment and make sure you subscribe to our podcast, YouTube, like us on Facebook and Instagram.

Bottle: “It speaks to me, to be honest with you guys” -Marco

“What is it saying?” -Larry

“It say Jim Beam Black” -Marco

“So it just tells you its name?” -Steve

“That’s further than he’s gotten on most of his dates” -Larry

Appearance: (Christopher Walken Voice) “First of all.... burgundy color, splishity, splash... In the glass… Wow!” -Marco

Smell: “Smells like bad decisions” -Larry

Value: $20 bucks or so retail

Taste: “It is smooth in the beginning, but then it has a little bite, it’s like a tranquil bite” -Marco


Ian: 6.7

Steve: 6.9

Marco: 5.5

Larry: 5

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