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Bottling NameJim Beam Green "Beams Choice"
Bottled ByJames B. Beam Distilling Co. Clermont,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content80 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Unknown Duty Free: Unknown Europe: Unknown
Age6
Views (since 20080612) 17261
Bottling Info



Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1553, Created:20090503172136, Updated:20090503174030)
Purchased at:Las Vegas
Purchased for:Approximately $40
Info on this bottle:Manet painting decanter, age unknown (due to markings having worn off), stamped 1970 on base, probably 1962 distillate
Nose:Nutty, butterscotch caramels, some aged flowers
Taste:Soft and spreading on the palate, on the sweet side, very integrated flavors
Finish:Buttery (cooked butter) with skeins of rye.
Overall:A 9.5 out of 10. Good example of old-school Beam at its best. A number of liquor stores in Las Vegas have, or had, decanters sitting on a top shelf or otherwise hidden. It is hit or miss but when you get a good one, you can see how good the old stuff was.

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1272, Created:20080906183130, Updated:20080906183733) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Las Vegas
Purchased for:$29.99
Info on this bottle:Another 1960s decanter, 8 years old, Indian Maiden depiction
Proof Of this Bottle:86
Nose:Blonde caramels (the squares), vanilla, light mint, clean and appetizing
Taste:Silky smooth and sweet, with a cream-like quality, strongest on the mid-palate
Finish:Not pronounced, some wood, cream, mint
Overall:A stylish, impressive dram of whiskey. Something is indefinable in the Beam's of those years. Much above the current Beam offerings in my opinion.

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1113, Created:20080607123200, Updated:20080607123720) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:New York
Purchased for:$30.00
Info on this bottle:Mozart decanter, issued about 1970
Proof Of this Bottle:86
Nose:Mild, clean, peanuts
Taste:Clean, good taste, peanuts again, not too sweet, not dark caramel-like, only a little char
Finish:Not prolonged, some wood emerges
Overall:Very nice and a harbinger of the modern style I associate with Bardstown and environs: clean, a little malty, not fruity, no off-tastes (different from other examples I've tried of this whiskey from around the same time).

It reminds me of EWSB '97 or perhaps Knob Creek if brought down to 86 proof.

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 679, Created:20070105043917, Updated:20070105045201)
Purchased at:Fremont Street liquor store, Las Vegas
Purchased for:$29.00
Info on this bottle:Beam's Choice Bonded Decanter, distilled '66 bottled '74
Proof Of this Bottle:100
Nose:Weathered wood, not fruity, some ethanol
Taste:Rounded mature bourbon of median age. Quite similar to its older sibling just reviewed from the same store, but everything less amplified. Showing a distant connection to Knob Creek, like when you recognise a distant family relation. Otherwise quite different from any Beam of today. No sign of the anise/"yeast" taste characteristic of most current Beam.
Finish:Lingering with aged wood showing through, as if the whiskey barrels had been kept in real weather. The current Beam whiskeys are, I would say, much cleaner yet not as characterful.
Overall:Very high rating. This was an old fashioned bourbon which was sweeter and richer than what is issued today by Beam and more funky in a good way. Both generational examples have their merits but I prefer the oldies.

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 678, Created:20070104150249, Updated:20070105043801)
Purchased at:Fremont Street area liquor store, Las Vegas
Purchased for:$29.00
Info on this bottle:Distilled 1959 bottled 1972
Proof Of this Bottle:100
Nose:Mellow and rich, there is everything in this (ethanol, weathered wood, the fermented sugars) but the abiding sense is of a vigorous old brandy, a California brandy, say, essayed in some old Western saloon.
Taste:A full, sweet, soft taste with a million impressions of whiskeys previously tasted but melded to perfection, a buttery smooth run united somehow by the wood of America well-aged and poised. The age shows, to advantage. The closest modern example is the early batches of ORVW 13 year old rye.
Finish:Tangs of alcohol and the wood of America aforesaid.
Overall:Are you kidding? A 13 year old Beam bourbon released at the tail end of the hippie era tasting like an old Cognac of France? You got it.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 367, Created:20060311065320)
Purchased at:Bourbon's Bistro Bar
Purchased for:5.00
Info on this bottle:Standard Bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:80
Nose:Sweet corn and floral tones.
Taste:Sweet corn and pepper spice.
Finish:Short and sweet with corn sweetness.
Overall:A bourbon and coke bourbon.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 346, Created:20060205115804)
Purchased at:estate sale
Info on this bottle:"Jackalope" decanter - 100 months old, 86 proof
Proof Of this Bottle:86
Nose:Sweet corn and caramel and honey with a hint of oak. There seems to be a bit of dark fruits maybe blackberry, hiding in the nose.
Taste:A bit thin and watery in the mouth, but still quite flavorfull with corn sweetness and caramel with some spice and oak and a hint of that dark fruit - dates I do believe, coming through just before the finish.
Finish:Short and crisp. A very clean finish with a little sweetness and oak that does not linger.
Overall:Not a bad bourbon at all. It is probably closer to today's Jim Beam Black than the Beam's Choice. Of course I notice from the bottle, today's Beam's Choice is "Old Number 8" and not 8 years old, let alone 100 months.

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