While I’ve always enjoyed the idea of newmake whiskey, too often it tastes like underseasoned soup to me, but Jim Beam has managed to do something interesting by aging Ghost White Whiskey for a year in American oak barrels. The result is light and clean enough that your vodka-drinking friends might be convinced to give it a try. It shows vanilla fragrance over sweet grain and Asian pear flavors, some white pepper notes giving it zip.
James B. Beam Distilling Co., Frankfort, KY
This story appears in the print issue of December 2013.
Like what you read? Subscribe today.