DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the distiller. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Color: Dark Caramel
Nose: Pepper, Vanilla, Raisin, Oak, and Corn
Taste: Sweet Corn, Pepper, Raisin, Oak, and vanilla
Finish: Medium Pepper Finish
I am beginning to develop an affinity for Texas bourbon! Jimmy’s Texas Bourbon is a really nice bourbon from the Kiepersol Distillery in Tyler, TX. It’s named after Jimmy Hines, a World War II torpedo pilot. Pictured, both left and right. His flight goggles prominently displayed on the bottle, along with a tagline that simply states “Through Heroes Eyes”.
Jimmy’s has a mash bill of 75% corn and 25% malted barley, malted rye, and wheat. All grown right there in Texas. It is then triple distilled and matured in a combination of charred bourbon barrels and Kiepersol Port barrels, the port barrels really give this bourbon a nice rich color. Finally, it is bottled at 90 proof.
As I stated earlier, this has a really nice color, it is dark caramel with hints of red. I hate to use the word typical, but maybe “standard” would be better. This is standard bourbon. That isn’t a bad trait though, it has exactly what you want to smell when nosing bourbon.When drinking bourbon we have certain standards that have to be upheld in order for it to be called good bourbon. Take at look at Bourbon and Banters Tasting wheel,(Here) and you’ll see the base, or standards, and how it flows outward from there. That is exactly what I like about Jimmy’s. Everything is right there ready to greet your nose. No smells that are “off” or “elusive”. It just smells good.
The first sip is your standard run of the mill bourbon, vanilla, pepper, caramel, raisins and oak, it is well balanced and slides across the tongue. It’s what I want when drinking bourbon. It tastes great the second it hits your tongue, the port is almost imperceptible, but it really rounds out this bourbon. It starts sweet and quickly gives way to spice and raisins.
The finish has a strong pepper note that isn’t to overpowering. It has a great bourbon bite and burn. It slides down smooth and you are ready for the next sip.
So, I know what you are thinking, “If it is so good why just an 8?”. Well here’s the reason, 8 is my base, that’s what I am comfortable drinking. Anything less than an 8 and I’m not particularly interested. In a way, Jimmy’s defines what my basic standards are, it is the baseline. If I’m at the store and they don’t have my first three choices but they have this, I’ll pick Jimmy’s. Give them a few more years and I would almost guarantee that they are going to get better. Just look at their results from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In 2014 the brought home the bronze 1 year late they bring home the silver! Keep an eye on these folks, they could just become a household name!
I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.
Until Next Time,