Ultimate Beverage Challenge 91 points - Soft aromas of orange zest, banana, cinnamon and a suggestion of honeysuckle. A rush of dried stone fruits, brown sugar and cherry accompany a surprisingly smoky character. A lengthy finish, quite smooth, with orange zest making an appearance once again. (Apr 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - The backstory behind this bottling is that Master Distiller Fred Noe uses a ’barrel sweating’ technique to coax out Bourbon that has soaked into barrels during aging; that extract then is combined with newer whiskey. The end result is a lean and austere Bourbon, with brisk espresso, black tea and fig flavors highlighted by black pepper and clove. Seems made for mixing. (Sep 2013)
As bourbon ages, a portion of the liquid is lost from the barrel due to evaporation—that's the "Angel's Share."
After aging, when the bourbon is dumped out of the barrel, a certain amount of whiskey is left trapped within the wood of every barrel. We call that the "devil's cut."
To create Jim Beam® Devil's Cut® 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. Full bodied with intense oak and vanilla notes with a finish that is long and smooth, with a hint of sweetness.