About Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea Voyage 20 Bourbon Whiskey
Jefferson’s Ocean Aged At Sea Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey pays homage to Jefferson and the exquisite whiskey he distilled.
But the Ocean lineup is extra special in that it experiments with how maturing aboard a ship affects a spirit. The vessel in question is Ocearch's flagship, and this bourbon has traveled the world aboard that ship. The bourbon uses wheat in its mash bill as its small grain instead of the typical rye. The lighter wheat allows the sweetness of the corn to build through the maturation process. Once barreled and allowed to mature on land, it was put to sea, where it was immediately and continually influenced by the salt air and constant movement of the ship.
Typically crossing the equator 4 times, the liquid is exposed to extreme changes in temperature as the ship transitions from winter to summer and vice versa without the buffer of spring and fall. Extreme heat changes cause the sugars of the corn to caramelize in the wood and work their way into the bourbon as the wood contracts with the extreme drop in temperature. Crafted with 7- and 8-year-old bourbons, this year's release marks a departure from previous ones.
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The principal author of the Declaration of Independence and one of the most illustrious founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson was elected the third President of the United States in 1800. During his tenure as President, Jefferson authorized the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, dispatched Lewis and Clark westward to explore the remainder of the continent, and repealed the Whiskey Excise Tax.
After Jefferson retired from public office in 1815, he often tended to the garden that he had cultivated at his Monticello estate. At the time, it was customary for wealthy farmers, including Jefferson, to make their own garden spirits. Each farmer's spirits were unique and reflected their personal tastes and the local terroir of their farm. Jefferson's Reserve Very Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey is crafted by Chet and Trey Zoeller in honor of Jefferson and his experimental nature. While the Zoellers were inspired by Jefferson, their roots can be traced back for generations deep into Kentucky's bourbon history.
There are not many things more American than bourbon, and although most of it is produced in Kentucky, it can be produced all over the USA.
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