The Jim Beam Devil’s Cut is a variant on the Jim Beam Black 6 year old triple aged which I reviewed in my last review. The difference here being that Jim Beam have somehow extracted the the spirit out of the wood that was used to mature the 6 year old and added it back into the mix. So let say the Devil’s Cut is the 6 year old on steroids. I am not sure how much whiskey get’s left behind in the wood of used barrels but whatever gets extracted you would expect to be heavy on the oak.
Whisky: Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45% vol.
Nose: Cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, spice, alcohol
Taste: Burnt toast, pepper, spice, charred oak
Finish: Bitter pepper and oak
Summary: I found this to be bitter for my liking. Some of the traditional bourbon characteristics show on the nose but then disappear in the taste and overtaken by the bitter oak alcohol heat. Neither water or ice helped temper the bitterness and heat so didn’t enjoy this neat. On the plus side I think the bitterness would work well in a mixer to balance the sweetness of whatever you are mixing it with.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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