Last night (Tuesday December 3), I attended a tasting of Balblair vintages. We tasted five whiskies, 2003, 1997, 1990, 1983 and 1969, prefaced by a glass of Balblair’s base spirit.
Distributed by Maxxium Travel Retail, the €25.99 (1 litre) bourbon will initially be available in Heinemann, Eurotrade and Aerofirst stores.
Antony Kime, Beam’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa travel retail business manager, said: “European travel retail is an important showcase for Jim Beam and also a key market, particularly in Germany and Russia.
"The addition of Devil’s Cut to our growing portfolio forms part of our increased investment in the brand, making the bourbon category more accessible to new consumers.”
According to Maxxium, Beam's latest expression is named after a “technique to extract the bourbon or ‘devil’s cut’ trapped in the barrel”.
The whiskey is then added to an “extra-matured" bourbon barrel for a further period of maturation and bottled at 45% abv.
The result - said the owners of the 5.3 million nine-litre case Jim Beam brand – is a “deep bold bourbon, both in taste and colour”.