Jim Beam Rye, 40%

Price: $16 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

For rye whiskey drinkers, Jim Beam isn't the name you're usually looking for, but there's a distinct rye nose: menthol, dill, herbs, and boiling oats. The palate is dull, lacking the up-front spice typically found in ryes, and only shows hints of vanilla, caramel, and eventually cinnamon. The extremely short finish leaves me wondering if it would fare better at a higher proof.