Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey
Producer: Jim Beam Distillery
Owner: Beam Inc (Fortune Brands)
Origin: Kentucky United States
Jim Beam–today the largest bourbon producer in the world–was founded by Jacob Beam in the 1790s. He’s credited for selling his first barrel of whiskey in 1795 “and the legend was born.” It was briefly sold off in 1920 during prohibition but was rebuilt in a mere 120 days following its repeal in 1933. The Beam family has been in continuous position as master distillers for the entire history of the facility; additionally, this prolific family has served as master distillers for most of the bourbon producing distilleries in Kentucky at one time or another–the website contains a “distillers tree” that chronicles the myriad relationships among the bourbon producers of Kentucky. In 2005, they produced their 10 millionth barrel of bourbon. Today, the distillery is one of the landmarks of Kentucky and produces several different hand-crafted bourbons as well as its own flagship labels.
Jim beam white label bourbon is their flagship bourbon aged for four years and found everywhere. And they say it like it is: “Constant. Guaranteed. Like gravity. Like sunsets. Taxes. But a hell of a lot more satisfying.”