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Review: Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut”

May 2nd, 2011

Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut,” 45%, $24

More wood influence than the standard Jim Beam White Label. It’s a bit more robust, bolder, and with more wood spices (especially cinnamon and vanilla) and a curious botanical note. Throw in some corn, caramel, and honey, and this is what you get. Behind all that, I’m detecting a bit of youthfulness — I might like this bourbon with more age and less “devil.”

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 83

13 Responses to “Review: Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut””

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    Considering this is a drop expensive than black label and rougher around the edges I wonder who the audience for it is.

  2. Eric says:

    Yes, for me bolder = better. And the botanical note has made me curious. Plus it looks nicer on the shelf than plain ‘ol black label.

  3. Texas says:

    Sounds good to me. To me John, your review sounds like you like it a lot less than the numerical rating you gave it..

    • John Hansell says:

      It’s a nice enough of a whiskey. I didn’t think the “botanical note” was a negative. It’s just not the most complex whiskey in the world, thus the brevity. Only the last sentence was negative.

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  5. Mary says:

    This is for the “get drunk on shots of whiskey while beating your chest crowd”. Marketing, Marketing, Marketing. Interesting idea but really??

  6. Devin says:

    Going into it, I had some pretty low expectations. To me, Devil’s Cut had a resemblance of all the Beam higher tears rolled into one young package. It was not as sweet as Beam Black nor as instense as Bookers or Knob. But I can tell they just use all available barrels to make this.

    John, maybe you can clear this up for everyone. Isn’t the premise of this “Bourbon” that they sweat the barrels after they have been drained. This allows just a bit more to be taken from the wood before the barrels get shipped off to their new homes across the world. Sounds like a gimick or fad to me.

    Luckily the product was drinkable enough as long as you have an open mind or no access to Buffalo Trace products.

  7. Steve Davis says:

    Good right out of the bottle,don’t mix it or ice it, just drink it . You’ll be pleasently suprised

  8. Bruce says:

    Devin, that last sentence pretty much sums it up!

  9. Malt Buzz says:

    John I don’t know if I’d like it with more age, but I know I’d like it for a little less money. It’s better than Beam, but priced to close to the entry level premium bourbons.

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