Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is dark gold in color, this single barrel is considerably lighter than the Knob Creek Single Barrel. The nose of Jim Beam Single Barrel is light and slightly acidic with oak combining with orange, caramel, and marzipan. The citrus complements the oak and is well supported by the sweet undertones. The entry is lightly sweet with caramel and chocolate, but it’s quickly balanced by a slightly acidic orange. The progression is fairly linear with the flavors in the entry progressing into the midpalate where they are met with oak, cinnamon, black pepper spice, and a subtle peanut note. Jim Beam Single Barrel continues its slightly acidic character in the midpalate as the citrus drives the integration between the sweet notes and the spicy ones. The finish is long and slightly spicy, a little dry, but not overly so. The mouth feel on Jim Beam Single Barrel is nice, with a slight richness to it, but it’s well balanced and completely in line with the rest of the taste experience. Proofing this release at 95 proof is spot on, and there’s the right amount of structure without being fiery or too strong.