Jim Beam Signature Craft Triticale 11 Year Old Bourbon
375 ML Pint
This is one half of the final Jim Beam Signature Craft
release, which included six different bourbons in three two-bourbon batches.
Each of the six highlighted the incorporation of an unusual grain in the
bourbon realm. Here, Jim Beam and master distiller Fred Noe deserve credit for
turning to triticale, a hybrid grain of rye and wheat. While several
experimental craft distillers have turned to triticale in recent years, Beam
did so over a decade ago for this release which has been aged for 11 years.
Note: This is sold in 375 ML pint size bottles only.
Triticale is a
rye/wheat hybrid that is rarely used in distilling. We know of a few examples
in craft distilling, but it is not used by the larger producers . This may be
due to the fact that it needs to be milled in a specific way, or more likely
because many people do not know what it is and larger producers may be
reluctant to spring something strange on them. In this case, since it is a
bourbon it is still at least 51% corn with this being a minor grain less
than 49 % of the total mash bill. Beam does not state how much triticale
constitutes the mashbill.
TASTING NOTES "The nose is enticingly sweet, with
vanilla and cocoa. Immediate impressions on the palate are far drier, with oak
and spicy notes, nutmeg and pepper. A warm finish brings the sweetness back
with a rich chocolate at the forefront, followed by fainter notes of oak,
cinnamon, pepper and toffee. The palate and finish complement each other well,
rounding out two distinct portions of the tasting experience into a grander
whole. Add ice and find more consistency from start to finish, with dominant
notes of dry oak and cocoa working in unison. "
This is a fantastic bourbon. To be honest, it reminds me of
Old Grand-Dad with more age even though it's made with a different flavoring
grain and yeast. It has a nice spice, and the floral notes are delicious. I'm
really, really impressed by this one.