A new premium expression of Jim Beam, matured using a twice-barrelled production process to bring out greater depth, is to be launched by Beam Suntory in global travel retail.
Jim Beam Double Oak (abv 40%) will be released in July 2016 in a 1 litre format, and in European travel retail will be exclusively available through Heinemann with the addition of a gift bag.
The expression is intended as an innovative new take on Kentucky straight bourbon, and to that end the Jim Beam signature whiskey is matured in two barrels. The first step involves new charred American white oak barrels, as with all the company’s Kentucky straight bourbons, before the whiskey is transferred into a second charred oak barrel for a further period of ageing.
According to the company, this production process allows the product to have greater contact with the wood, “drawing out exceptional and perfectly balanced depths”. The result is a whiskey “intense in flavour yet smooth in taste” that has aromas of vanilla and rich caramel and toffee notes.
Jim Beam Double Oak will be presented in a contoured bottle featuring glass embossing and engraving as well as textured labelling and foiling. This is in line with the introduction of new Jim Beam packaging being rolled out across the entire range globally in 2016.
“More than ever before, consumers are searching for brands with genuine provenance and craftsmanship, so we are very excited to introduce Jim Beam Double Oak to the market,” said Beam Suntory Senior Global Marketing Manager Global Travel Retail Fernando de Vicente Meirás.
Maybe we’ll see it in US stores by Christmas????