“In 1997, when Jefferson’s was first starting out, we found a 15-year-old bourbon that we immediately knew was rich, complex and needed to be brought to market. It was in 2003 that we decided to bring in other bourbons to marry with the original Jefferson’s Reserve. Similar to Jefferson’s, we still use over 50% of that mash bill and add up to 3 more bourbons to create more flavor and complexities. Jefferson’s Reserve is a big, sophisticated bourbon that has a lot of flavor up front, a lot of weight mid palate and a deep, wonderful finish.”
45.1% abv, €60
Nose: slightly sweet grain notes from predominantly rye, hints of fruit, caramelised apples and spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, bayleaf and a touch of tobacco. More sweetness from vanilla and custard, creme brûlée and maple syrup
Palate: a firm and sweet start, with a mouth coating with thick honey. Grain – mostly rye again, with spicy black pepper corns, tobacco and bay leafs and a hint of new leather
Finish: warm and long, with hints of sweet, green oak and spicy, with fresh ground black pepper, allspice, and hints of clove and nutmeg
Conclusion: Very nice indeed. I wouldn’t mind checking this bottle every now and then, just to make sure it stays okay.