Creator’s Cut Bourbon Whiskey
Unleash the bold spirit of Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, a premium bourbon with depth and complexity that comes from liquid extracted from inside the barrel wood. We bottle it at 90 proof for robust, premium bourbon with deep color, aroma and character.
One of the most recognized blended Scotch whiskies in the world has just been one-upped. What am I talking about? A higher ABV “director’s cut” edition, which has been designed to coincide with the release of Blade Runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Ana de Armas. This film is scheduled for release on October 6, 2017.
The corresponding special release whisky will have a limited availability of 39,000 bottles worldwide, with 27,600 of them going to the US. It is packaged in a futuristic box promoting the film. In fact, the bottle has undergone a very sharp redesign that is reminiscent of Ridley Scott’s first Blade Runner film. I can’t say whether it applies to the second, because the film has yet to be released. However . . . I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a scene with this very cool bottle at some point amidst the most exotically futuristic film sets that a $185 million budget can buy.
But what of the whisky inside Johnnie Walker’s futuristic bottle? Does it measure up to all of the hype? Well, if you’re comparing it with the standard issue Johnnie Walker Black, then the answer is an emphatic, “yes.” At a higher ABV, this blend really sings. I appreciate the way Talisker and Caol Ila rise up through the “water of life” as it is breathes in one’s tumbler. Floating beneath those two heavy hitters, lies the secret to this blend’s smoothness.