Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

I guess it’s Bargain Hunter Friday around here. I picked up a bottle of Jim’s…may I call you Jim?…Rye a while back just on a lark.  It was cheap, the bottle looks like something you could really use in a good bar fight (though admittedly, I’ve never been in a bar fight so what do I know?) and basically just piqued my interest.  All those cheap whiskies that I drank in my misspent youth, I wonder how they hold up today? Perhaps this will be the first in series of cheap whisky reviews…

The Nose: Floral, herb-y, and green. There are black licorice/anise/fennel notes as well as the expected rye and vanilla.  There’s Grannysmith apple, too, and a bit of bitter orange, some raw almonds.  It’s not very deep and has a slightly artificial feel to it.

The Palate: Yep…whoa…green.  Sharp and not just in the rye way, it’s all sharp edges.  A little bitter and drying, faint vanilla and citrus struggle to be heard under the brittle youth of this one.  Towards the end, a swell of bitter black licorice.

The Finish: A little longer than I expected, and while not really unpleasant, it’s not really one to relish.  Youthful rye sharpness and black licorice again, lots of both.

Thoughts: Okay, for $12.99 on sale at Safeway (a large, unpleasant grocery chain) I was not expecting this one to change my life.  In a way, I was pleasantly surprised, it was better than I thought it would be.  It’s not something I rush home from work and pour in a Glencairn glass, but it might be okay in cocktails, though for a few dollars more Old Overholt or Rittenhouse would be a little smoother.

Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey

40%ABV

Score:  72

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3 thoughts on “Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

  1. Where I am, this is a 20 dollar bottle. Tried it once. What a joke. Though, on the bright side, it makes Old Overholt seem a little better. 12.99? That sounds more like it. But I say, save six more clams and pick up the Bulleit.

  2. Oh Little Girls….get over your frills and dressin’ and
    belly-up to the cowboy style and American heritage. Ol’ RedEye is
    the stuff men are made of, and makes little girls queasy! Man-Up
    and you’ll find that if you savor the Brandy of the Old West,
    (redeye whiskey) , it is the quintessential perfection of Gods best
    intentions as it relates to the distillation of pure grain alcohol
    spirits! ….’Nuff Said !!!

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