Jim Beam’s whiskey roster is deep. Between Devil’s Cut, Black Extra-Aged, Double Barrel and the rest, there’s at least 10 different Jim Beam variants (excluding flavored whiskeys). If you take Jim Beam to mean Beam-Suntory, the parent company with whiskey holdings across the globe, you can add the Maker’s Mark catalog to the list and relative newcomer Legent, a bourbon with Japanese tendencies. Then there’s Beam’s Small Batch Collection, which includes the likes of Booker’s, Baker’s and Basil Hayden’s; each brand has a number of sub-expressions of its own. Then we arrive at Knob Creek, perhaps the Beam bourbon with the deepest bench of bottles. There’s the 9-year-0ld Small Batch and 12-year-old Small Batch, both of which are excellent, with the former earning our Best Overall Bourbon stamp. Then there’s the Small Batch Rye, Single Barrel Rye, Twice Barreled Rye, bourbon finished in smoked maple barrels, bourbon aged for 15 years and more limited edition bottles. Knob Creek Single Barrel Select is better than all of them.
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