The very first barrel of Jim Beam ever sold was way back in 1795, when corn farmer turned bourbon entrepreneur Jacob Beam sold his Old Jake Beam Sour Mash to the thirsty residents of Kentucky. It quickly became the favored drop in the newly formed state, beating out the competition from around 2000 other distillers. This Beam’s 101 Months Old Black Label comes from a time when Jim Beam was experimenting with putting age statements in months rather than years on its label. This works out to be an 8 and a bit year old classic sour mash bourbon. It was probably distilled sometime in the 1980s and bottled up for the Italian export market.