Jim Beam Black, the 'triple-aged' statement refers not to three different types of cask (as that would not be allowed under bourbon regulations) but to the 6 year old age statement, which is three times the minimum maturation period for straight bourbon.
A straight Bourbon 'Of Topmost Class' according to the label, which is also adorned with a drawing of the venerable-looking Col. Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr, one of Americas's most respected whiskey pioneers, who was involved with seven different distilleries during his career and is sometimes referred to as 'the father of the modern bourbon industry.
Possessing the greatest name in American whiskey, aged for six long years and bottled at a no-nonsense 103 US proof with an extra kick provided by the substituition of rye for wheat in the mash. What's not to like?
A 2006 vintage Bunnahabhain from well established independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. This may have been bottled at just 6 years of age, but is certainly mature in its complexity and is a delicious example of young peated Bunnahabhain.
A hugely sought-after bottling even today, Ardbeg Very Young was the first general release of spirit produced at the distillery after the Glenmorangie takeover in 1997. The spirit for Very Young was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2004 at cask strength. A smash hit at the time and a very desirable cult classic ever since.
This bottling was released especially for members of the Ardbeg Committee (the free to join distillery club). A 6 year old, this was the first release entirely using spirit distilled since the distillery reopened in 1997. The idea was that comments were welcomed from the committee, hence the 'For Discussion...' branding.
An incredibly rare 1960s Glencadam 6yo Special Reserve in excellent condition for its age. A really beautiful bottle with a springcap, this is a fantastically well-preserved piece with a perfect level.