This is an 11 year expression that was part of the Harvest Bourbon Collection where Jim Beam experimented with different grains. This is bottled at 45% ABV.
Nose: Fresh wheat grains and heavy cloves and cinnamon mingle with virgin oak and yeast rolls. Smells quite young – would’ve guessed this was 5-6 years old if it didn’t have an 11 year statement.
Palate: Stale caramels with delicate wheat, banana runts, and marshmallows. It’s a bit rough around the edges overall with the oak tasting a bit young/off.
Finish: Wave of butterscotch at first followed by green (new/young) oak notes – fades quickly.
Rating: 83/100 – Not bad, but the low proof probably holds it back a fair amount. Overall tastes much younger than it is which isn’t necessarily a good thing in this case.
Value for the money: I believe these retail around $55-$60 and I would pass at that price.