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Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

6th Jul 2013


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Jim Beam Devil’s Cut is of course a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Angel’s Share, the part that evaporates during maturation. Hence what is left in the cask, according to Beam’s marketing departement, must be the devil’s cut. Nice one. But is it also a good dram? Better than the standard Jim Beam offering? Let us find out. It matured for 6 years.

The nose is quite expressive. Some cassonade graeffe (light brown) sugar, quite some vanilla and coconut, mild spices (mostly nutmeg) and a hint of oranges.

The attack is light (bordering on weak) and very sweet. Vanilla, honey and butterscotch come first, then some caramel and breakfast cereals. Some roasted almonds. Cinnamon and nutmeg, not much, before a slightly tannic side is revealed. Drying, which is rather fitting, eh?

The finish is more of the same, pretty long, on spices and cereals.

It is indeed significantly better than the standard Jim Beam bourbon, available for around 30 EUR, which is fair. Goes down very well in a tumbler with a cube of ice. Oh, blasphemy!

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