Jim Beam‘s Double Oak, a fully matured straight bourbon which underwent a second maturation in another new, freshly charred oak barrel. The label states ‘Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Oak’ and this could as well be the only loophole in the law to have a bourbon undergo a second maturation, and still state the word ‘Bourbon’ on the label.
Nose: fresh and sweet at first, with some nice herbal notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, freshly grated ginger and fresh/bitter/sour lime zest, plus a little lime juice on top of that.
Palate: at the first sip, she is a bit weak, but than – BAM there is a mouth drying and woody sensation, swiftly followed by sweet liquorice and vanilla, a hint of cinnamon and a mouthful of fresh lime juice.
Finish: quite long and dry together sweet liquorice root and honeycomb
Conclusion: I am okay with this. Not too bourbon-esque, but ranging from anything between sweet, sour and dry. The extra maturation in new barrels has given it quite a bite, which would do great on its own, over ice(cream) or as a warming addition to a hot cup of hot cocoa with a marshmallow added to the recipe…
.from the Drinks by the Dram Bourbon Advent Calendar 2016. Many thanks for sharing!