Following the end of the American Revolutionary War, Johannes Reginald Beam emigrated from Germany to the United States, and eventually settled in Kentucky County. At the time, Kentucky County was still considered part of Virginia, and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. In order to encourage westward expansion, Virginia issued pioneers who agreed to settle in Kentucky County "corn writs," which granted the pioneers 60 acres of land if they agreed to settle in Kentucky and start farming corn.
After settling in Kentucky, Beam began harvesting corn and set forth a family tradition by distilling the excess grains he harvested into whiskey. Since then, seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the eponymous company (the company is actually named after James Beam, who rescued it following Prohibition). Today, Fred Noe — a seventh generation master distiller and the great grandson of Colonel James B. Beam — shepherds his family legacy forward.
Jim Beam Quarter Cask Bourbon is the newest release in the Jim Beam Signature Series. It is made from a blend of five and six year old Kentucky bourbons that are aged in traditional fashion, together with four, five and six year old Kentucky bourbons that have matured in quarter casks. As a result, the bourbon has an aroma of bananas, caramelized fruit, orange peel and vanilla cookies. Notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee, espresso and whipped cream dominate the palate, and lead to a rich and fruity finish.
Jim Beam 12 Year Old Signature Craft Bourbon Whiskey was released in 2013 and is one of the oldest bourbons Jim Beam has ever released. The bourbon has soft, sweet notes of marzipan, creamy vanilla, honey and cinnamon that are complemented by a subtle oaky undertone. In addition, the finish intensifies the notes of vanilla, caramel and oak, and is complemented by a touch of smoke. "We were able to manage the flavors just right," says Noe.
Jim Beam Signature Craft Bourbon Whiskey Rare Spanish Brandy Finish is a limited edition bourbon that pays homage to a bourbon that was released in Australia. Rather than finishing the bourbon in casks that were previously used to mature brandy, Jim Beam Signature Craft Rare Spanish Brandy is made by adding a small aliquot of rare Spanish brandy to the bourbon. As a result, the bourbon has sweet notes of dates, raisins and figs that give way to graceful notes of caramel, vanilla and cinnamon. The finish is gentle and satisfying, with a crisp, sweet finish.