The entire Beam Suntory world whisky portfolio was on display at a special event deemed “Jul(e)p Hour”. As I walked into an old house on Royal Street in the French Quarter, I was met with the familiar sounds of New Orleans coming from a piano player in the corner. In this room, Beam Suntory’s Master Mixologist was mixing up a world whisky julep, featuring Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch, Alberta Dark Rye Canadian Whisky, Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon, & Hibiki Harmony Japanese Blended Whisky. You know what, it was pretty tasty. This frankenstein concoction evolved nicely as the ice melted, bringing a level of complexity I don’t get in the standard bourbon mint julep.
Jim Beam Bonded is the company’s newest (as of the writing of this post) release. It’s a Bottled-In-Bond version of the standard 4 year Jim Beam White Label. That means it’s 100 proof, aged at least 4 years, and distilled by one distillery in one distilling season, as per the Bottled In Bond Act of 1897. I picked up this bottle while browsing the shelves of a Bardstown, KY liquor store during a recent visit. $22 for 100 proof Jim Beam? Now we’re talking.