Jim Beam Black 8 year old, 43%

Price: $22 Issue: Winter 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

Moderately rich, with layered caramel, vanilla, fig cake, and subtle sweet corn. Date, raisin, and a dusting of spice (cinnamon, cocoa, hint of ginger) round out the palate, leading to a gently sweet, soothing finish. A very versatile bourbon — certainly enjoyable enough to drink neat, but you won't feel guilty if you make a cocktail with it or drink it on the rocks.