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March 2019

Drink Review: Jim Beam Maple Whiskey - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20190330_172944-1After recently reviewing Jim Beam's Honey Whiskey, I decided to stay with the brand in my next tasting.

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Yukon Jack Jacapple.

In browsing the liquor store shelves tonight, the flavor of maple called out to me and so the bottle of choice became Jim Beam's version of a maple flavored whiskey.

Here's the description from the bottle:  Our distillers have infused smooth, rich maple liqueur with fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  The perfect mix of bourbon with hints of sweet brown maple.  Enjoy on the rocks or as a chilled shot. 

I sampled this whiskey just as Jim Beam suggested, in a straight shot and on the rocks.  It's VERY maple forward. So forward, it comes up more maple than whiskey.  It's in the swirl, the swallow and lingers in the finish.  As I've mentioned in other flavored whiskey reviews before, I want the flavor to compliment the whiskey, not overpower it.  Jim Beam's balance here is maple forward, too much so.  It's more liqueur than straight bourbon whiskey.    Costing me about $16 for a 750ml bottle, the price is reasonable but I will not buy it again.  The remainder of this bottle is going to go towards topping ice cream, perhaps making a BBQ sauce.  Jim Beam Maple Whiskey gets just 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It is NOT a repeat buy.

2 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

For more food and drink reviews, go to www.bacheloronthecheap.com

 


Traffic Alert - Dubuque Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, lanes of traffic will be shifted on Dubuque Street, between Washington Street and Iowa Avenue, to allow for the placement of a crane to facilitate roofing work on a building in the area.  It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by the end of the day.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Traffic Alert - Governor Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, April 1, 2019, Governor Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic between Burlington Street and Dodge Street.  This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate pavement patching and asphalt resurfacing on Governor Street.  It is anticipated work will be completed and normal traffic will resume by June 1st

In addition, Governor Street continues to be closed between Iowa Avenue and Jefferson Street due to the bridge replacement over Ralston Creek.  

Motorists are to take note of this construction work and allow extra travel time or seek an alternate route during this time period as delays will occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Service Notice: Westport Plaza route to detour effective Monday, April 1, 2019 due to construction on Miller Avenue

IOWA CITY -- Effective Monday, April 1, 2019 the outbound Westport Plaza route will detour from Benton Street using Orchard Street to Highway 1 West due to construction work on Miller Avenue. Customers who normally use the bus stops located at Benton Street & Giblin Drive (stop #8007) and Benton Street & Hudson Avenue (stop #8008) will need to board their bus at the bus stop located at Benton Street and Riverside Drive (stop #8005) adjacent to Kum & Go.


Traffic Alert - Burlington Street / Highway 1

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Sunday, March 31, 2019; nighttime work, between the hours of 6:30 pm and 6:00 am, will begin on Burlington Street from Highway 6 / Riverside Drive to Gilbert Street which will require various lane reductions.  These lane reductions are necessary to facilitate pavement patching on Burlington Street / Highway 1.  It is anticipated work will be completed and normal traffic will resume by May 1st

Motorists are to take note of this construction work and allow extra travel time or seek an alternate route during this time period as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


16TH STREET NE AND H AVENUE NE ROAD CLOSURES

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Monday, April 1, 2019, 16th Street NE will be closed between F Avenue and H Avenue; and H Avenue NE will be closed between 16th Street and 14th Street, for roadway improvements. Business access remains open, motorists should follow posted detour and signage.

The entire project on Center Point Road includes pavement improvements between 29th St and 32nd St; new turn lanes at the 32nd Street intersection, new ADA traffic signals, and utility work. The project will be completed this construction season.  


1ST AVENUE E LANE REDUCTION

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Monday, April 1, 2019, westbound traffic on 1st Avenue E will be reduced to one lane between 16th Street and 15th Street for sewer work. Left turns onto southbound 15th Street will not be permitted. Work is expected to take one (1) day, weather permitting.


16TH STREET NE AND H AVENUE NE ROAD CLOSURES

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Monday, April 1, 2019, 16th Street NE will be closed between F Avenue and H Avenue; and H Avenue NE will be closed between 16th Street and 14th Street, for roadway improvements. Business access remains open, motorists should follow posted detour and signage.

The entire project on Center Point Road includes pavement improvements between 29th St and 32nd St; new turn lanes at the 32nd Street intersection, new ADA traffic signals, and utility work. The project will be completed this construction season.