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Difference Between Jim Beam and Jack Daniels

jim-beamJim Beam vs Jack Daniels

Although there is a slight similarity in taste between Jim Beam and Jack Daniels, a taste for either liquor can be acquired after some period of time. There are however several notable differences between the two liquors. While Jim beam is bourbon, which is a whiskey type, not all whiskeys are bourbons. Jack Daniels on the other hand is a whiskey, sour mash for that matter. The two liquors are manufactured in a similar way although Jim Beam is Kentucky bourbon while jack Daniels is Tennessee liquor and it under goes charcoal filtration. Depending on tastes and who makes a review, reviews for either liquor can be greatly mixed, with some stating that Jim Beam is a best value in bourbon while others express their dislike of it. Most reviews though tend to give preference to Jack Daniels, although the ultimate choice will certainly rely on individual tastes.

As far as cost is concerned, Jim Beam is relatively cheaper, costing an average of 27 dollars at your typical corner bar, which is almost half the price of most black label whiskeys. For states where liquor is sold in supermarkets, you will probably get it even at a cheaper price. Jim Beam whiskey is bottled in a square shaped bottle, with a black label. At the bottom of the label is a printed signature of Colonel James. B .Beam but although that is the case, the brand is not owned by the family of the late colonel but rather its run by a big corporation called Fortune Brands.

Previously Jack Daniels was bottled at proof 86, which is the same for Jim Beam but the new one is bottled at proof 80 thus Jim beam is a higher proofed whiskey than Jack Daniels. Some drinkers find that 86 proof is slightly higher alcohol content than they can tolerate while others find it okay. The two liquors tend to have similar taste when first taken but as one develops a taste for both with time, they will discover that they actually taste quite different. However, both Jim Beam and Jack Daniels go through the same distillation of fermented corn mash kept in oak barrels for some time. Jim Beam is kept in the barrels longer than Jack Daniels, which may contribute to Jim Beam’s more woody flavor.

While Jim Beam tastes more alcoholic and fruity, Jack Daniels has a mellower and smoother flavor and tastes less alcoholic and it is believed that the charcoal filtering process it undergoes gives it more of a maple flavor. Jim Beam has a brandy flavor, as if it is mixed with brandy.

Summary

Jim Beam is classed as bourbon while Jack Daniels is a whiskey and although bourbons can be whiskeys, not all are.

Jim Beam is far cheaper compared to Jack Daniels.

Jim Beam tastes more alcoholic and fruity while Jack Daniels tastes mellower and smoother.

Jim Beam is bottled at proof 86 whereas Jack Daniels is bottled at proof 80.


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9 Comments

  1. I LOVE ALL WHISKY(EY)S in general.. though jack is more flavorful…. i think jim is actually smoother due to jacks spicy flavor.

  2. though im unemployeed & even if i wasnt, i’d still prefer jim beam over jack danielz, i trust jim if i had a little 2 much, jack on the other hand is more expensive & i dont like the price especially here in australia where i can buy 2 jimz 4 a better ptice of jack.

  3. Actually, you have it all wrong. Bourbon is the name given to any whisky made in the U.S. that meets the following criteria: it must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred-oak barrels; distilled to no more than 160 proof; entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof; and be bottled at 80 proof or more. Jack Daniels meets all of the legal requirements for classification as bourbon, but chooses to abandon the title, instead opting to call itself Tennessee sour mash whisky. They do this simply to distinguish their product, i.e., to be different. Even their charcoal filtering process (known as the Lincoln County Process) is used in some Kentucky bourbons, and is not enough to change the classification of a bourbon whisky. Jack Daniels is bourbon. They just do not want to admit it.

  4. I agree with what your saying about Jack Daniels being bourbon as far as the mash bill goes. However, I was under the impression that all bourbon had to be made in Bourbon county Kentucky ?

    • True Kentucky bourbon is made in Kentucky. Beam, Turkey, Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark, Knobb Creek are true bourbons. They are made in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Kentucky is proud of our bourbon. Any bourbon made outside of Kentucky is an impostor. Also, Jack sure as hell isn’t bourbon. Call Jack a bourbon in Kentucky… You might get your ass kicked. There are very specific recipes for bourbon not all whiskies are bourbon.

  5. Different state different = name.

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