Tuesday, May 16, 2023


Beam Suntory, has today announced the launch of a new American single malt whiskey bottling, from the James B. Beam Distilling Co.

Clermont Steep (47% ABV) is a 5 Year Old American single malt whiskey, which was distilled and aged in Clermont, Kentucky, and matured in bespoke American oak barrels.

Clermont Steep

Venturing into an emerging category which explores the full potential of a single grain – American malted barley, Clermont Steep was developed by Freddie Noe, 8th Generation Master Distiller of the Fred B. Noe Distillery

With little to no definition in the American single malt category, Fred Noe developed his own defining guidelines, making intentional production choices to celebrate the flavour of this single grain at every step of development.

Fred Noe and his team hand-selected the American malted barley for the mash and 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 to every sip. The single malt was then distilled on a column still and aged for five years in barrels that were toasted, then quickly charred to a char level 1. 

Clermont Steep, is said to deliver notes of toasted malt, caramel and toffee on the nose, followed by notes of vanilla, caramel, and whole-grain cereal on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Fred Noe, said: "As a new venture, 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. 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."

Fred, went onto say: "I'm always looking toward the future of American Whiskey, and the boundless runway in this category intrigued me. 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, will be available later this month from specialist retailers in the US, for a RRP of $59.99.

Posted by Steve Rush