Review: Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut” Bourbon

Review: Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut” Bourbon

In whiskeymaking, you lose a large amount of spirit to evaporation as it sits in barrels for years. This is an accepted part of the process, and the spirit that vanishes into the air is known, poetically, as “the angel’s share.”

With tongue firmly in cheek, Jim Beam is (soon) releasing this new whiskey: Devil’s Cut, meant to refer to the spirit “trapped deep in the barrel.”

I’m not sure if Jim Beam is really “tapping” into this wood-imprisoned spirit (or how it would even be possible), but either way a brand is born: Devil’s Cut, 90 proof, intended as a deeper, more intensely wooded spirit.

The whiskey is a winner. It offers a bigger wood profile than standard white label Jim Beam, but it isn’t overdone, as many extra-oaked whiskeys tend to be. Devil’s Cut is much smoother and sweeter than its infernal nickname would imply, featuring classic Bourbon character — vanilla and wood — plus an infusion of cinnamon and allspice. It’s not terribly complex — or, even at 90 proof, very fiery — but it is all in balance.

Pricing hasn’t been announced (and packaging is not yet finished, although based on preliminary bottles I’ve seen, you can expect a “burning” theme), but I expect it will fall in the $18 to $25 range. Not a bad deal from a continually underrated distillery.

90 proof.

A- / $25 /

Jim Beam "Devil's Cut" Bourbon




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Vince C. on June 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Delicious bourdon. It has the classic Jim Beam notes but with an additional woody punch. It has all the wood flavor of an assertive whiskey like Jack Daniels, but without the resiny, oily finish.

    Give it a spin. Great with Coke.

  2. cange on September 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I’m a big fan of the flavor of Jim Beam, but not of their choice of current spokeskid: Kid f**king Rock. The thought of even a shard of one penny that I paid for a bottle going to this guy (unless it’s inserted under one of his fingernails) makes me pick up a competing brand.

  3. Liam on November 4, 2011 at 3:02 am

    In Taste, which is the magazine for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, there is this sentence ” Jim Beam developed a proprietary process to remove the whiskey from the barrel wood”.

  4. Kenneth Rathburn on September 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Tried a shot of this before even trying the standard Jim Beam. This one feels even smoother than regular JB, to my surprise. Good stuff on both ends though.

  5. Todd on June 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I initially tried this bourbon at room temperature and felt that the heat of the alcohol was stifling (note that I am typically not a high proof consumer). Once I combined it with ice, the burn relented enough to taste a bourbon dominated by vanilla sweetness with a moderate level of woodiness and spice. It works really well with cherry colas and even lemon lime, mainly because this bourbon feels like a rum at times.

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