Clermont Steep is the first American single malt released by the James B. Beam Distilling Co. in its 227-year history.
Developed by Freddie Noe, 8th Generation Master Distiller of the Fred B. Noe Distillery, this venture into an emerging category highlights a single grain: American malted barley.
Clermont Steep is a five-year-old liquid distilled and aged in Clermont, KY.
“Crafting Clermont Steep has been one of the toughest challenges I have ever faced in the distillery, and I am incredibly proud of where we’ve landed,” says Noe. “This American Single Malt Whiskey is smooth, sweet and incredibly balanced, and it deserves a spot on any whiskey lover’s bar cart, right alongside their bourbons and ryes.”
Noe and his team used Beam family jug yeast in the natural fermentation process. It’s the same yeast that is used in all Beam products, adding a sense of familiarity, the company says.
The single malt was distilled on a column still, and aged for five years in barrels that were toasted, then quickly charred to a char level 1.
“I’m always looking toward the future of American Whiskey, and the boundless runway in this category intrigued me,” says Noe. “We don’t just want to participate in American Single Malt Whiskey; we want to help define it for the future of the category.”
Clermont Steep is available in select states, in-store and on ReserveBar, beginning June 2023.
At 47% ABV, the suggested retail price is $59.99 per 750-ml. bottle.