Color: Rich Amber
Nose: Oak, Sweet Honey, Spice, Orange
Taste: Oak, Sweet corn, Cinnamon and Orange peel
Finish: Long smooth finish, Oak with a bit of Spice
Score: Sam- 6.0/10.0
This was part of a four pack sampler, that I bought on a whim. I was Intrigued by the Devil’s cut and the Black Double aged and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try them both. I have had Jim Beam before, but growing up I was a Jack Daniels guy, so I only had it on occasion. I figured since I am blogging about bourbon I should give it a try again. Glad I did.
First, according to Jim Beam’s website:
“To create Jim Beam® Devil’s Cut®, an extraordinary bourbon experience, we developed a proprietary process that actually pulls the rich whiskey trapped inside the barrels’ wood after they’re emptied. We hold this barrel-treated extract until it develops the proper balance of bourbon notes, then blend it with extra-aged bourbon and bottle at 90 proof. The result: a robust, premium bourbon with deep color, aroma and character.”
Now, on to the review. The nose on this one is strong oak, it is almost overwhelming, but add a drop or two of water, and it lightens up. The water allows it to give way to sweet honey and orange with just a hint of spice. I was quite happy after adding the water. I don’t mind oak, I just don’t want it to be the only thing I smell or taste.
The first sip is almost like putting your mouth in front of a wood chipper. The oak is quite strong again, but it quickly gives way to the sweet corn that I love in a bourbon. the Orange peels really seem to take a backseat on this drink, they are there just not quite as strong as the nose would imply. Lastly you get that smokey spice, almost peppery.
The finish is another kick of oak, but it goes down smooth and has a nice long glowing burn that really satisfies.
Overall, this is a decent bourbon. You have to expect the oak, especially knowing how its made. I know guys that love the strong oak flavor and have recommended this to them and they have come back and raved about it. To each their own. I’d keep it on the shelf for the occasional drink and for friends.
Until Next Time,