Jim Beam Black Extra Aged Bourbon
Jim Beam Black is is basically Jim Beam White Label after going to Europe with its family over summer vacation - sporting a nascent moustache, drinking espresso, and bragging of its half imagined romantic exploits. It's not quite a grown up yet, but it is certainly blossoming. Aged for an undisclosed amount of "extra years" (somewhere between 6 and 8, the latter of which it used to bear as an age statement), it certainly shows more oak and spice, but also more body and depth, thanks to being bottled at 43% abv rather than the legal minimum of 40%.
The nose is less sweet than the white label, with more pronounced oak and spice, along with a whiff of vanilla and and toffee behind. The palate is likewise oak driven, with a decently full texture and nutty overtones, but dominantly spice, oak, and salted toffee. The finish brings out more sharp black pepper.