What kind of barrel does Jim Beam use?

Answered by Amado Berg

At Jim Beam, we take great pride in the craftsmanship of our . One of the key elements that sets our bourbon apart is the use of brand-new, level-4 char, American White Oak . These barrels play a crucial role in the aging process, imparting unique flavors and characteristics to our bourbon.

When it comes to selecting barrels for aging our high , we prioritize the use of American White Oak. This type of oak is known for its tight grain structure, which allows for a slower and more controlled maturation process. The wood is also porous enough to allow the bourbon to interact with the air and undergo oxidation, a process that contributes to the development of complex flavors.

To ensure consistency and quality, we specifically choose brand-new barrels for our bourbon. This means that the barrels have not been previously used for any other purpose, such as aging other or wines. By using new barrels, we can ensure that our bourbon has maximum contact with the oak and that it is not influenced by any residual flavors from previous contents.

The level-4 char on our barrels is another crucial aspect of our bourbon-making process. Charring involves briefly exposing the inside of the barrel to an open flame, which caramelizes the natural sugars present in the oak and creates a charred layer. This char acts as a filter, removing impurities and contributing to the flavor profile of the bourbon.

The level-4 char refers to the intensity of the charring process. At Jim Beam, we opt for a heavy char, which means that the inside of the barrel is exposed to a longer and more intense flame. This deep char creates a rich layer of charcoal on the barrel surface, resulting in a greater infusion of smoky and caramelized flavors into our bourbon.

I have personally witnessed the impact of these barrels on our bourbon during my time as a sommelier and brewer. The use of American White Oak barrels with a level-4 char adds depth, complexity, and a distinct character to our bourbon. The flavors and aromas that develop are a result of the interaction between the bourbon and the wood, creating a truly unique drinking experience.

Jim Beam uses brand-new, level-4 char, American White Oak barrels for aging our bourbon. These barrels are carefully selected to ensure the highest quality and consistency in our bourbon production. The use of new barrels and the intense charring process contribute to the rich flavors and distinctive character that Jim Beam bourbon is known for.