Typically, taking eight years to achieve something that could've been accomplished in four is nothing to boast about -- though having colleagues address you as "Doctor Doctor" would be kind of amazing.
To taste a delicious exception to the above rule, try Jim Beam Black.
The product of patience, vision, and a little more patience, every bottle of Jim Beam Black represents the fruition of eight years aging in freshly charred, white oak barrels. During this blissful maturation, the 86-proof whiskey becomes fully impregnated with the flavors of smooth caramel and warm oak -- and, after a brief period of restlessness over its confinement, settles in to read all the classics, including a few in the original Latin.
The double-aging hasn't gone unrewarded: the extra complexity and depth it made possible earned the whiskey a gold medal from the Beverage Tasting Institute -- perhaps the world's only rigorous institution where you'd actually want to spend eight years.
To score cocktail recipes and more brilliant bourbon info, head to facebook.com/JimBeam -- consider this your residency.