Jefferson's Cognac Cask Finish Rye Whiskey

A marriage between the spiciness of American Rye and the refinement of cognac. Jefferson's Straight Rye is finished in cognac barrels between 9 and 19 months.
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After Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers, the third President of the U.S. and the main author of the Declaration of Independence, retired from public office in 1815, he often tended to the garden on his Monticello estate. At the time, it was customary for wealthy farmers, including Jefferson, to distill the excess grains they harvested into spirits and each farmer’s spirits were unique. Jefferson’s Bourbon pays homage to Jefferson and his exquisite whiskey.

Founded in 1997 by Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a famous bourbon historian, Jefferson's Bourbon began as a family affair. Producing spirits was in their blood, since as early as in 1799, Trey's 8th generation grandmother was actually arrested for the production and sales of spirits at a time when it was prohibited by law. Today, more than two centuries later, Trey Zoeller continues to push the boundaries of bourbon with his curious mindset, while upholding this rich tradition.

Perhaps most famous for their Voyages collection – a collection of dark savory bourbons, aged beyond their years on a boat that circles around the world multiple times – Jefferson's Bourbon offers a wide variety of premium whiskeys.

Jefferson's Rye Cognac Cask Finish offering is their Straight Rye Whiskey, finished in cognac casks. This is a marriage between spicy American Rye and refined cognac. While rye whiskey is typically more one dimensional, the cognac finish adds the more than welcome complexity of character. In Trey Zoeller's words: "I wanted to look at rye through a new lens and elevate it past the supporting role it’s commonly associated with." It’s double barreled for somewhere between 9 and 19 months and bottled at a pleasant 94 proof. An exquisite showcase of Jefferson’s famous innovative maturation methods.

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Proof 94 (47% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Size 750mL
At first, you’ll be greeted by cinnamon and honey. The palate then develops further with spice, nutmeg and citrus notes for a more complex profile. The finish is satisfyingly long with peeking notes of oranges and honey.
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