Discover the differences between Jim Beam Honey vs Wild Turkey Honey in this in-depth comparison and decide which flavored bourbon is better for You!
Jim Beam Honey
|Nose||Honey, vanilla, vinegar|
|Palate||Honey, cherry, cinnamon, oak|
|Finish||Short, cherry, vanilla|
|Alcohol content||70 proof (35% ABV)|
|How to drink||Cocktails|
|Similar to||Evan Williams Honey, Jack Honey|
The nose brings honey, along vanilla and a slight vinegar note that seems out of place.
On the palate, you get honey up-front, along a cherry cough syrup note, a drizzle of cinnamon and some oak spice.
The finish is short, with no warmth, with more cough syrup to it and a bit of vanilla.
Jim Beam claims that this pour is made using real honey and natural flavors, but it does not come across as it has a medicinal taste.
The honey note tastes cheap and artificial, while the cough syrup note overwhelms other flavors.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Jim Beam Honey:
- This pour uses the traditional Jim Beam White Label as its base and blends it with “real honey” according to the distillery.
- Crafted at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY along other whiskeys such as Booker’s, Old Grand Dad, Old Crow, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s.
Wild Turkey American Honey
|Nose||Citrus, cinnamon, honey|
|Palate||Cinnamon, honey, oak char|
|Finish||Cinnamon, vanilla, oak char|
|Alcohol content||71 proof (35.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks|
|Similar to||Jack Daniel’s Honey, EW Honey|
The nose has a strong orange note, along cinnamon and a touch of honey.
On the palate, the American Honey kicks-off with a blast of cinnamon, which comes as a surprise in honey-flavored whiskey, followed by honey and the oak char note present in each Wild Turkey release.
The finish is short, with very little heat, more cinnamon to it, a touch of vanilla and more oak char.
The Wild Turkey American Honey has a different taste to the other whiskeys in this category as it tastes more like a cinnamon-infused dram.
It reminds me of the Fireball Cinnamon Whisky but with added oak char making it more interesting.
This is a super smooth dram and perhaps a bit too sweet, making an option for those with a sweet tooth or when looking for an after-dinner dram. It doesn’t take any effort and is just dessert on glass.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Wild Turkey American Honey:
- This is a blend of the Wild Turkey Bourbon and pure honey.
- Originally released in 1976 as Honey Liqueur and renamed Wild Turkey American Honey in 2006.
- The Wild Turkey brand is owned by the Campari Group, headquartered in Milan, Italy, along the Russell’s.
Jim Beam Honey and Wild Turkey American Honey are flavored bourbons
These are not bourbons but flavored bourbons bottled at low proof. They use the traditional Jim Beam and Wild Turkey as their base, respectively, and infuse them with honey.
Jim Beam Honey vs Wild Turkey Honey: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Jim Beam Honey||$12||750ml|
|Wild Turkey American Honey||$17||750ml|
Jim Beam Honey vs Wild Turkey Honey: Which is better?
Wild Turkey is a better tasting honeyed bourbon than Jim Beam
|Whiskey||Jim Beam Honey||Wild Turkey Honey|
- The Wild Turkey has a high cinnamon note making it taste like the FIreball Cinnamon while adding a note of oak char making it more interesting.
- Jim Beam Honey tastes like cough syrup mixed with honey, providing a medicinal note.
- The Wild Turkey is the better drinker of the two although I wouldn’t buy before comparing it with the Jack Daniel’s Honey.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!