Signature Craft is a new range from Jim Beam, comprising (so far) three limited expressions – Quarter Cask, Rare Spanish Brandy Finished (the first of a planned rotating series of limitededition releases) and 12 Years Old. Its creator is the distillery’s legendary Master Blender, Fred Noe, and his plan is to explore unusual mashbills and finishes with each expression. Signature Craft 12 Years Old will remain as a core brand.
Burnished copper: virgin American oak barrels. Highly fragrant, with a base of vanilla and caramel; a trace of aniseed and spicy rye in the top notes. A smooth texture, surprisingly dry, with a sweet taste (marzipan, vanilla, maple syrup, but not cloying), and just a suspicion of hickory smoke and coconut in the aftertaste. No need to add water.