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The Devil’s Cut from Jim Beam

You can’t get blood from a stone but apparently you can squeeze Whiskey from wood according to the folks at Jim Beam.  Is this clever marking, quality booze, neither, or both?

Preliminarily announced earlier this year, Jim Beam is now producing and marketing a new spirit, The Devil’s Cut,  that claims to be the product of “a proprietary process that actually pulls out the rich whiskey trapped inside the barrels’ wood after they’re emptied.”   The “wood extract” is blended with 6 year-old bourbon and bottled as a 90 proof premium bourbon.

The name is based on the old distillery slang for the raw whiskey that evaporates during the aging process.  The portion that is lost due to pure evaporation through the barrel is known as the Angel’s Share.  The portion that is absorbed and trapped in the barrel’s wood is known as the Devil’s Cut.  So I guess Jim Bean has found a way to cheat the Devil.

Will it be any good? Who knows.  Is this “new process” just marketing?  Probably.  I do know that I am aways up to try an innovative brew or spirit and while I am not a big Jim Bean fan I will give it a try if I come across it.

It will be available in select States this month and more widely by the summer.  It’s anticipated to be around $25 per bottle.  If you have tried it let us know what you think.

11 replies »

    • Same here. Not a big fan of their regular bourbon, but their small batch series is excellent. I’d still give this a try though.


      • I would be more impressed if someone figured a way to squeeze the “devil’s cut” of spirits out of G-lo. I would not want to drink it but I would be impressed.


      • I have a working prototype in the garage. I built it from my snow blower and a home Copper moonshine still kit that I found on the internet.

        The good news: I think it will allow me to recover whiskey essence from your body.

        The bad news: I am pretty sure you won’t survive the process and be around to taste the result.


  1. whether or not it is actually extracted from the wood, I don’t know. I’d like to know how it is that they do it. Just does not seem likely


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