Admittedly, I can’t write about whiskey with nearly the grace of Romeo. Hell, when you ask for nose my only answer is, “I dunno. It smells like whiskey.” I’m not sure I’ve ever actually tasted “charcoal” or any nutty undertones in my whiskey, though I will readily admit some are quite sweeter than others. Perhaps my whiskey palate has been damaged or so trained to ignore the bad that comes from bottom shelf bourbons that it’s almost mute. Either way, I wanted to drop a few lines about a new whiskey from Jim Beam called “The Devil’s Cut“.
For those who aren’t familiar, the whiskey lost to evaporation during a whiskey’s aging process is referred to as “the angel’s share”. The Devil’s Cut is Beam’s term for the whiskey that ends up caught in the wood of the barrels it ages in, which they’ve extracted and mixed in with a special “extra-aged” 6 year Jim Beam bourbon. The results are a genuinely unique bottle of 90 proof bourbon.
A lot of legitimate spirit review sites say the nose of the Devil’s Cut is that of baking spices, oak, and nuttiness. To me, it smells like the pure octane you expect a 90 proof whiskey to smell like when it’s in the bottom of your glass. The nose has enough burn you’ll worry a little about what’s gonna happen after you swallow it but worry not, my friend in bourbon, ‘cause, at least for me, that’s where the magic begins. The Devil’s Cut may be a 90 proof whiskey, and it may smell of a 90 proof whiskey, but I can honestly say it drinks smoother than anything of the sour mash nature that I’ve ever swallowed. It goes down easier than chilled vodka and leaves an aftertaste that seems like you ate a piece of caramel.
At a mere 28 dollars a bottle, I can honestly say this is the best whiskey for the dollar you can buy and it gets my highest recommendation….if there was a section I’d deem it Essential Drinking. One thing’s for sure, while you may get drunk from drinking The Devil’s Cut, I’d say it’s not a whiskey that’s meant to be drank with the sole intent of getting drunk. Get a bottle of white label Beam for that and give The Devil’s Cut the slow sipping respect it deserves.
And God damn you if you add a mixer to it.