Category Archives: Jim Beam

Knob Creek Small Batch

Bought: Tesco, 8th October 2015

83.25/100 – Whiskybase (average from 4 member votes)

With my collector’s hat on, I do like bottles with wax seals! I have this uneducated idea that they’re difficult to fake, unless you’re a pirate from the 16th century, or related to Captain Jack Sparrow. Not that it really matters because this bottle of bourbon by Jim Beam only set me back £16.33 in a Tesco half-price sale. It’s hardly a collector’s item where experts will be carbon dating the wax when I sell it in 2036.

So why Knob Creek? Because I first stumbled across it in the book ‘101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die’ by Ian Buxton. Unfortunately he was talking about the 9-year-old but this NAS (non-aged statement) is as close as I’m bothering to get. Both are 50% bourbon so that’s near enough for me! Ian Buxton says about the name “mildly titillating for UK drinkers in a smutty sort of way”. Oow-er-madam! I will be getting out my box set of Carry On movies when I crack this bottle open and reshaping the seal into an erotic candle! That’s my Saturday night arranged.

Knob Creek Small Batch NAS 70cl

Jim Beam ‘Devil’s Cut’ 90 Proof

Bought: Tesco, 12th June 2015

8.5/10 – Whisky Wednesday (video review below)
76.11/100 – Whiskybase (average from 49 member votes)

A new bourbon to add to my collection for £20 from Tesco?! Oh, go on, if I must! I’d heard of the Angel’s Share but the Devil’s Cut was new to me. This is the spirit that gets absorbed into the cask. I can imagine that would have quite an intense, concentrated flavour. Jim Beam manage to extract it with a process of steaming/sweating. However it’s done it can’t be too laborious or the whisky would be over £100 per bottle!

Although 76/100 on Whiskybase is a fairly hmmm score the experienced whisky reviewer Mark Dermul gives the Devil’s Cut a healthy 82/100 with a closing remark of “it is indeed significantly better than the standard Jim Beam bourbon, available for around 30 EUR, which is fair. Goes down very well in a tumbler with a cube of ice. Oh, blasphemy!” I wouldn’t worry Mark because I tend to have cheap bourbon with coke – shocking!

I’ve added an excellent video review below by Jo of Whisky Wednesday on You Tube, which gives some background about the creation process and insight into the taste experience for this interesting bourbon:

Jim Beam Devil's Cut NAS 70cl

Jim Beam

Bought – Tesco, 14th November 2013

81/100 – RalfyHis review on YouTube (August 2013)
83/100 – Whisky Bitch – Her review on YouTube (December 2011)

Forming part of a 4-pack of assorted whiskies from Tesco, I acquired this miniature bottle of Jim Beam bourbon more by chance than desire. But I wasn’t going to complain about getting a new bourbon taste for my American collection.

I now think of Jim Beam as my ‘Star Trek’ drink – Jim says “Beam me up Scotty!” So what are the chances of this bourbon taking me to another galaxy, whilst helping me defeat a few Klingons along the way? Well, maybe if I had 70cl but, with this bottle being 5cl, I’ll have to content myself with going into the garden and gazing up at the stars.

With Ralfy and the Whisky Bitch giving this bourbon a very similar mark it seems Jim Beam is a good drink but not something so fantastic it will fly you to the moon.

Jim Beam 5cl