Jim Beam was founded in 1795 and has been operated by one family for seven generations. We‚Äôve always created bourbon our way, aging it twice as long as the law requires 220 years of experience goes into every bottle.. The World‚Äôs #1 Bourbon Elegant. Smooth. Refined. That‚Äôs what 4 years of aging in new charred oak barrels does to Jim Beam bourbon. Along with corn, rye, malted barley, water, time, pride, and, of course, true passion. Oaky vanilla, spicy backdrop. Medium-bodied, mellow hints of caramel and vanilla.