Jim Beam’s twice-barreled Double Oak bourbon, new from Deerfield, Ill.-based Beam Suntory Inc., takes a cue from scotch’s often multi-barreled approach, taking bourbon aging to a different level. Offering a richer flavor than standard Jim Beam, the Kentucky straight bourbon is aged four years in freshly charred new American Oak barrels, then transferred to a newly charred American Oak barrel and aged to taste. The second barreling allows the liquid to develop an even deeper level of intense spiced oakiness and caramel flavor, creating a unique bourbon that can balance a cocktail or be sipped over ice. The 86-proof spirit has rich notes of caramel and vanilla, hints of tasted wood, and a golden amber color. SRP is $22 per 750-milliliter bottle.
Call us a Red Neck or a Cracker- it’s all good. Just hand us a glass of bourbon on ice. Better yet, give us a bourbon and coke on a hot summer day, and we are in heaven.