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Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut”
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James B. Beam Distilling Co.
Frankfort, KY
90 proof


Devil’s Cut is the newest product in a long line of bourbons from Jim Beam. In their own words: “As bourbon ages, a portion of the liquid is lost from the barrel due to evaporation — that's the ‘Angel's Share.’ After aging, when the bourbon is dumped out of the barrel, a certain amount of whiskey is left trapped within the wood of every barrel. We call that the ‘devil's cut.’” The distillers at Jim Beam extract this oak-rich bourbon that is normally trapped within the barrel, blend it with 6 year old bourbon and bottle it at 90 proof. The result is a very bold, oaky bourbon unlike anything else on the market.

The aroma is primarily oak, cherry and caramel. The flavor is very woody; some of our tasters considered it entirely too woody. Huge charred wood dominates the flavor, but hints of cherry, fig and some vanilla and caramel come through also. The spirit is relatively thin on the palate and quite hot. It finishes dry and slightly bitter, but long into the finish some cherry comes through. This was a polarizing spirit with our tasting panel — some loved it, some hated it. Me? I thought it was a great change of pace from typical whiskey profiles and will definitely buy a bottle for my private collection. ~$25.