Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea Voyage 20 Bourbon Whiskey

This year's release of the seafaring bourbon is crafted with 7- and 8-year-old juices that are finished at sea. The barrels cross the equator 4 times aboard Ocearch's flagship with the sea air, gentle rocking, and extreme temperature changes contributing to the profile of each cask.
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The principal author of the Declaration of Independence and one of the greatest Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson was elected the third President of the United States in 1800. During his tenure, Jefferson authorized the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, dispatched Lewis and Clark westward in order to explore the remainder of the continent, and repealed the Whisky Excise Tax.

After Jefferson retired from public office in 1815, he often tended to the garden that he had cultivated on his Monticello estate. At the time, it was customary for wealthy farmers, including Jefferson, to distill the excess grains they harvested from their farms into spirits (George Washington was one of the country’s largest distillers of rye whiskey). As a result, each farmer’s spirits were unique and reflected the local terroir of their farm. 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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Proof 90 (45% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose of this deep-amber spirit opens with salted caramel, vanilla, and a dash of smoke. It's rich on the palate with toffee, brine, and charred oak notes. Finishes long with a lingering sweetness and a dash of citrus.
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