The first one was the Jim Beam White Kentucky Bourbon- the youngest of the lot. Aged 4 years. This one was sweet and light on the palate. It had hints of pepper and crème anglaise. This flavor makes it perfect in cocktails.
The second one was the Jim Beam Black Double aged. While the white is aged for 4 years the black is aged for 8. A much darker one, this is flavoured with butterscotch, dried fruits, vanilla and honey. Surprisingly the “oakiness” in this is soft despite its longer time in the cask. It has a more sophisticated and a full bodied taste
The tasting portions were served appropriately, as the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States strongly supports responsible drinking and fights all kinds of alcohol abuse like drunk driving, underage drinking, and binge drinking. Although these are issues are fought by various groups all over the world, binge drinking is something that we ought to take a bit more serious. Signs like wishing there was more alcohol in the cocktail, or pushing your drinks till you "feel just drunk" are signs you are a binge drinker. Its commendable to see an alcohol organization such as this recognize and fight such issues.