Jim Beam Double Oak Review

Jim Beam Double Oak Review

Jim Beam Double Oak starts life as Jim Beam white. After selecting and dumping a bunch of 4-year-old barrels they take that bourbon and put it back into brand new charred oak barrels for a second round of aging. The second round of aging has no defined time requirement / amount and lasts until it tastes right.

I’m not kidding, the release for the Jim Beam Double Oak states “…and aged for a second time to taste”. It would be great to get more detail about it, but one thing is for sure – It tastes quite a bit better than the Jim Beam White. The extra time-in-oak makes it deeper, more complex and gives it a stronger oak backbone that gets it closer to some of their small batch releases. I just wish they would have released it at 46% and non-chill filtered to give it a bit more oomph.

Jim Beam Double Oak Info

Region: Kentucky, USA

Distiller: Jim Beam

Mashbill: 77% Corn, 13% Rye, 10% Malted barley
Cask: New-Charred Oak x2
Age: NAS (4+ years)
ABV: 43%

Price: $40*

Jim Beam Double Oak Review

EYE
Ruddy caramel

NOSE
Oak, caramel, vanilla, toasted corn, toffee, and dark fruit with some light bits of butterscotch, cinnamon and leather trailing on through. The aroma is definitely the best part of this whiskey.

PALATE
Oak, caramel, dry corn, vanilla, dark fruit, toffee and light bits of maple and a slight bit of yeastiness. The palate is a bit muted compared to the aroma, but it’s still wonderfully drinkable.

FINISH
Long strings of caramel, oak, spice, leather and frosting slip on by.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
The Jim Beam Double Oak has a decent sense of balance, medium body and a slick round feel.

OVERALL
The most amazing part of the Jim Beam Double Oak is the aroma. The second I opened it I was transported back to the Jim Beam a rickhouse with the aroma of sweet bourbon and earthy oak that came rolling out. The palate wasn’t quite as dense and complex as the aroma. I think they could have upped that richness on the palate by releasing this at least at 46% and NCF; 50% would have been even better. Regardless, the Jim Beam Double Oak is still a nice bourbon and I’ve enjoyed sipping on it ever since the bottle arrived.

SCORE: 86/100 (B)

*Disclosure: This Jim Beam Double Oak was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Jim Beam Double Oak Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 88
  • Palate - 86
  • Finish - 86
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 85

Summary

Jim Beam Double Oak is a good bourbon. Definitely worth a try.

Jim Beam Double Oak Label

 

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39 Responses to Jim Beam Double Oak Review

  1. I’ll definitely give this a try since your recommendations have always been spot on. How would you compare this to the Jim Beam Black?

  2. The manager at my local ABC Store said let me know he had this one coming in next week. I will definitely give it a shot after reading your review as long as it is indeed in the $40 range.

  3. The label states “we pour it into another freshly charred barrel.” The adverb newly can mean recently, again or afresh. So newly charred could mean a newly charred refill barrel. You say “put back into brand new charred oak barrels”. Nowhere does the label state the second barrel is a brand new oak barrel. Which is it?

      • It’s called a “rejuvenated” cask. It still can’t be used as the first fill in a bourbon, but gets used for other kinds of whisk(e)y throughout the industry. You’ll loose some of the most bourbon soaked layers of the wood by doing it, but some people do it. Balvenie in particular will rejuvenate casks in their copperage.

  4. After reading the review, picked up a bottle in GA for $26.99. Looking forward to opening this week…

    I do have a technical question about the labeling:

    Label states: “Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished In Oak”

    Although you state it was finished in a new charred barrel, I read another review that was not clear on it – but if I’m correct, we can extrapolate it was finished in a new charred barrel because otherwise it could not be labeled “Straight Bourbon”? Just curious, but a little education/clarification would be appreciated.

  5. Josh, thanks for giving Beam products a fair shake, unlike other reviewers. I love Beam Bonded(amongst other Beam products), I suspect I will love this as well.

  6. Great review. I’m buying a bottle soon as I see it on the shelf. What’s the availability of this? Is it still rolling out? Not seen it yet anywhere in California.

  7. Hi! Thanks for the review, how do you think this compares to the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked?
    Any other recommendations for double oaked that you came across that’s worth trying? Thanks!

  8. Hey Josh. Your review of the original JB Black is almost identical to this review; both were rated as an 86. Maybe this is the Original 8 Yr, recycled / repackaged to develop new markets for their products? In this day and age, I wouldn’t be surprised….

  9. I have to say first that Jim Beam is the best bang for the buck in the bourbon industy. The White got my attention a long time agoe and I was glad to find that quality in that price range. I looked no further forever till I tried the Black and its been a love afair since…
    Then today I ran into the Double Oak and I could not drink more than two shots. It may be just me but talk about running back to Black???.
    Its like the Double Oak had so much on top it couldn’t go down smooth and the edge outlasted the burn.
    Black has almost no burn and so smooth”” edge dose not even apply.
    Sorry but like I said it may be just me!

    Ps. Thanks a million for the
    Jim Beam Black

  10. The JBDO is a very interesting bourbon. I like it alot but agree that it needs a little more oomph. My thought was it should be bottled at a higher proof versus without filtering. You could be right. Do you know what level of char was used for each stage. I think Beam is onto something but I’m not sure they’ve got it exactly right. Booker Noe was certainly a kindred spirit of mine as I love the Knob Creek Single Barrel and his Bookers.

  11. I just got a bottle of this today and I do like it but I think I will stick to the Jim Beam Black. I don’t have any Jim Beam Black at this time so I can’t compare but just by memory I can tell it’s not that much different than the Black and you have a choice to get 1.75L with that but not with the Double Oak.

  12. Nice . I’m halfway through the bottle and it’s good. Traditional bourbon flavors: brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and oak. Not complicated, but quality flavors.

    I have not had Jim Beam Black, so I can’t compare…but ive steered clear in the past because I find I prefer products 90 proof or above. Still a nice bang for the buck and a tasty nightcap.

  13. 92 to 100 proof and ncf would be great but then JB would have to add another $15-$20 to the price. I think they wanted to keep the price point lower to make this more accessible. The aroma is fantastic,especially if you let it rest in the glass about 15 minutes. For the small price difference between this.and JBWL, DO is the way to go.
    I would really like to know just how long this whiskey stays in that second barrel as a second new charred oak barrel isn’t cheap and just a few months of extra aging would not seem cost effective.

    • I really don’t think that would necessarily increase the price that much. Non-chill filtering costs nothing, and a 10% increase in proof does not need to equate to a 50+% increase in price. Maybe $5 more, tops. But then it does start to compete with other, better, bourbons. In MN here it’s $17, but after trying it I’m not really sure it’s even worth that.

  14. Same here got it for $15.99 at Stater Bros here in San Bernardino CA. I am a newbie to whiskey but I have been enjoying it at bars and finally bought myself a bottle to keep at home. Really good flavor

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