The top-shelf Jim Beam expression, dubbed "Lineage", first began finishing in charred white oak barrels in 2004. After 15 years of aging, the small-batch spirit was bottled at 110-proof (55-percent ABV).
Tasting notes detail a profile of spice, vanilla and caramel that's suited to neat or on-the-rocks serving suggestions. A decorative, leather-handled wooden box features a serialized brass plaque with a brief description of the whiskey within.
"Lineage represents a significant moment in the history of Jim Beam. Not only is it a collaboration between the seventh and eighth generation of distillers in our family, but it’s a blend of the past, the present and the future," Noe said in a statement.
“Having spent a lot of time exploring travel retail outlets in my time, it was important to me to offer something special to travelers – especially during these trying times. Launching a product exclusively to travel retail is not something we often do, so we are excited to bring such a unique expression to our friends in airports across the world.”
Lineage represents the most refined bottle by far in Jim Beam's lineup, which ranges from the standard Kentucky straight bourbon to higher-end offerings like Black Extra-Aged and Single Barrel editions.
Priced at $250, Jim Beam Lineage is available now exclusively in airports and other global travel retail locations.