Review: Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon – 4 out of 5 Noses

by Ernie Ayres on September 29, 2011

When a whisk(e)y is aged in a barrel some of it naturally evaporates.  This is what’s referred to as the Angel’s Share.  Since its trapped in a closed container, read – the barrel, the whisk(e)y evaporates into the grain of the wooden barrel and is thus lost forever.  “Not so fast!” exclaims Jim Beam.  Continue reading on for our Jim Beam Devil’s Cut review.

Jim Beam has developed a process of removing the trapped bourbon (Devil’s Cut) from the wood.  Is it science?  Is it magic?  Is it Michael Jackson? Huh?

I’ll tell you what it is.  It is intense!  How can a bourbon that costs only $25 be so smooth, yet be so complex?


Jim Beam Devils Cut reviewPackaging:
The label looks like a piece of burned (or burnt if’n you’re from Tennessee) wood.  Nicely thought out and it looks great.

The color is a nice dark amber.  Unlike some Scotches that are lightly colored but very smokey, this whiskey’s color is closer to the actual taste…which is nice.  The color lightened quite a bit after the single ice cube I added melted.

The aroma is heavy wood, vanilla, and honey with noticeable traces of spice, smoke, and I swear, leather.  The sour mash is extremely heavy but it’s supposed to be.  You’re drinking bourbon!

The body is light and quick.  I thought it would stay on my tongue like syrup and melt slowly but it is there – and then not – very quickly.

Then the taste which is quite surprising!  With the nose being so strong I expected Devil’s Cut to have a heavy bite, but doesn’t.  It is flippin’ smooth!   The first thing I taste is vanilla followed by caramel.  Almost immediately after that is a spicy, smokey, floral jumble that’s hard to describe with a word other than wonderful.  With a name like Devil’s Cut, it might be expected that the word’s “Hellfire” or “Damnation” would said after sipping because of the bite.  Those words are nowhere near this pour.  It’s intense, but in a good way.

The finish is just like the body.  It’s there one second and gone the next.  This would be a great bourbon to drink with a thick steak or really good burger (think Burger Up! or Hoss Burgers).

I’m not sure how this bourbon could get any better.  The sour mash is a little heavy, but like I stated early, that’s part of bourbon’s taste.  Maybe a little less sweet taste up front would be nice, or would that ruin how smooth it is?

And have I mentioned that Jim Beam has completely done the media campaigning with this product perfectly?  That, you have to check out for yourself.

Should you buy a bottle of Devil’s Cut? Absolutely! Should you buy another bottle and send it to me? Absolutely!  I’ll make you a deal.  If you buy it and don’t like it, send it to me and I’ll dispose of it properly.

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut gets a 4 out of 5 Noses.

Have you already tried it?  What do you think?  Agree or disagree?  Be sure to leave comments below!

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