Fred Noe, Master Distiller of Jim Beam, has released two rare expressions as part of its Signature Craft line – Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask and Jim Beam Harvest Bourbon Collection. The Jim Beam Signature Craft line is a series of limited released, small batch bourbons that showcases some of the finest hand-crafted and rare liquids to come from the Jim Beam distillery.
"With the newest batch expressions in our ultra-premium line of craft products, we are honouring traditions of the past while charting new waters for bourbon distilling," said Fred Noe, Jim Beam's 7th Generation Master Distiller. "I'm very proud of these new expressions and am eager to continue experimenting and innovating in search of future batches for the Jim Beam Signature Craft line."
Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask
Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask is the third edition from the Jim Beam Signature Craft line and second limited-edition expression. This full-bodied Kentucky Straight Bourbon is bottled at 86 proof, starts with premium Jim Beam Bourbon aged at least five years and is finished with a variety of quarter cask bourbons, and all aged at least four years in smaller barrels. By building on a base of mature liquid and finishing it with quarter cask aged liquid, the distillers at Jim Beam were able to craft a balance of rich vanillas of a mature bourbon profile and the extra oak notes of the quarter cask bourbon.
Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask joins Jim Beam Signature Craft 12-Year, the permanent expression in the line, which was released in September 2013.
Jim Beam Signature Craft Harvest Bourbon Collection
In 2003, a group of daring distillers at Jim Beam thought "outside the barrel" and experimented with a variety of obscure grains and non-traditional recipes and ultimately settled on a range of harvest grains such as Brown Rice and Soft Red Wheat (among others) to complement the majority grain of corn. These distillers, many of whom have since currently retired, distilled a handful of liquids and laid them down in rackhouses to rest, untouched, for years... until now. More than a decade later, Fred Noe discovered these lost barrels and gave them a taste; and while a few batches from the lot did not make the cut, he was delighted to find six delicious bourbons, ready to be bottled and released.
Jim Beam Harvest Bourbon Collection is a series of six hand-crafted bourbons. The first two grain representations – Soft Red Wheat and Brown Rice – are being released in extremely small quantities beginning. The four remaining expressions – Whole Rolled Oat, Triticale, High Rye and Six Row Barley – will be released with limited quantity throughout 2015.