Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask Finished, 43%

Price: $40 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: John Hansell

Gently sweet vanilla, corn, and honey on the nose, with background spice and dried citrus. The same sweet notes show on the first half of the palate, with resinous oak, polished leather, and dried spice on the back end; the quarter cask aging is evident. Unfortunately, the sweet flavors and dried oak influence don't marry very well, with too much sweetness and youthfulness up front, and too much oak bringing up the rear.