Jim Beam Hardin’s Creek Bourbon

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After more than 200 years of bourbon-making expertise, it’s no surprise that each of Jim Beam’s subsidiary brands has become a mainstay of the liquor world in their own right. From Knob Creek to Basil Hayden’s, these labels display a dedication to craftsmanship and quality that ranks among the best in the industry. And now Hardin’s Creek, a new premium brand from James B. Beam Distilling Company, joins their ranks.

Rolling out of the gate about a week ago with Jacob’s Well, Hardin’s Creek is already attracting a lot of interest. Named after Beam’s ancestor, Jacob Beam, and the water well from which the first batches of whiskeys were made in the late 18th century, Jacob’s Well is a pure bourbon that marries two different batches: a 16 year old traditional bourbon and a 15 year old high rye. The bouquet of vanilla and caramel on the nose leads to woodiness and stone fruit on the palate, giving way to a sweet vanilla finish.

The second bottle, which was unveiled today, is Colonel James B. Beam Straight Whiskey, whose namesake took over when Prohibition was first repealed. It took Colonel Beam 120 days to get the Clermont distillery back up and running, essentially rebuilding the brand from scratch. This expression has been aged for 2 years, but has more mature liqueur characteristics due to a faster distillation period and which derives most of its complexities from the fermentation itself. This spirit has notes of vanilla, oak and hazelnut with a long finish.

This limited release coincides with the launch of the Fred B. Noe Distillery, led by Master Distiller Freddie Noe, a seventh-generation distiller for Beam and the one who hand-selected the barrels for these bottles.
Both versions will be available at retailers and bars in July, with Colonel B. James priced at $80 and Jacob’s Well for $150.

Purchase: $80+

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