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In the early part of the decade, Jim Beam Black used to carry the subtitle “Double Aged” and featured an 8 year age statement. In 2015, Jim Beam dropped the age statement and changed its subtitle to “XA Extra Aged.” In mid-2016 Beam issued a portfolio-wide branding change that included new labels and bottle design. Beam slightly tweaked Black’s branding again and dropped the XA, added a hyphen, calling it “Extra-Aged.” Despite recently purchasing this bottle for review, it’s from an early-2016 release, but it is said the bourbon used for the brand has seen no further changes since the loss of its age statement in 2015.
A pleasant display of vanilla custard, candied apple, and light oak. It has a nice intensity for an 86 proof bourbon and it’s very likeable overall.
Oak, smoky char, and lingering vanilla all pepper the medium-length finish. These flavors do a decent job of sticking around despite the bourbon’s thin consistency. Again there aren’t many nuances to the flavors and they come across very matter-of-fact.
Country : USA
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