Nose: Beam yeast. Sugar cookie sweetness. Rye licorice. Astringent in a glencairn glass, surprisingly so for a 43% spirit. A watery, dank smell I’d associate with a matured spirit. A simple nose, not a lot of spice, but a sweet, yeasty Beam nose.
Taste: Sugar cookie base, mineral water, bitter rye, and finally some middleweight oak. Great mouthfeel for a mid-shelf product. The mouthfeel travels the entire palate, it’s rich and fully coating. The heat of the nose is not found on the palate.
Finish: Late rye spice builds into a warm, slower burn and concludes with a little oaky mouthfeel.
Balance: A great product that shows what Beam has to offer. Nothing fancy. Not a small batch release. Not a super high rye. Just a daily drinker that offers a good taste at a superb value. This product and other distilleries’ flagship products (Wild Turkey 101, Buffalo Trace, HH stuff (it seems like everything HH releases is in this price and prestige category))
Stupid Letter Grade: B+ (Edit 9/29 B/B+)
Would I buy again: Actually, not for a while. It’s good, it’s a product everyone and every beginner should try. Despite the fact I liked it, it’s not going into heavy rotation. I would absolutely buy this as a gift for a whiskey beginner.
Deviations from other reviewers: None worth noting. Everyone out there seems to think this is a solid product.