Jim Beam: Home of an Angel's Share and Devil's Cut

By Brent Murray - 2013-08-22T15:12:36Z

Photograph by John Sommers II/Bloomberg

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Steve Leauhman, a Jim Beam employee, fills white oak barrels with bourbon whiskey. Oak barrels are not airtight, which allows for some evaporation, and that lowers the alcohol content in the whiskey. This is known as "the angel's share."