The rye was named one of the Top 50 Spirits of 2012, while the bourbon earned a score of 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.
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of the Louisiana Territory, dispatched Lewis and Clark westward in order to explore the remainder of the continent and repealed the Whisky Excise Tax.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 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 different and reflected their personal tastes and the local terroir of their farm. Jefferson Reserve Very Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Jefferson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey were crafted by Chet and Trey Zoeller in honor of Jefferson and his experimental nature. While the Zoellers were inspired by Jefferson, their own roots can be traced back for generations deep into Kentucky's bourbon history.
Jefferson's Reserve Very Old Bourbon is a complex blend of three unique bourbons — each made from a mash of corn, rye and malted barley — that are aged for up to twenty years and brought to proof with Kentucky limestone water. While most small batch bourbons are made from a blend of 200 to 300 different casks, each batch of Jefferson's Reserve is crafted from only 8 to 12 casks, causing the Zoellers to label their bottling process as "ridiculously small batch." The difference, Zoeller says, is like "making dinner for eight guests instead of eighty. You are able to deliver a great product that has the nuances you are striving for."
Like Jefferson himself, Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon is complex, elegant and sophisticated. It has an aroma of gentle, creamy vanilla, soft spices and dried fruits that open up to notes of toffee, roasted corn and tobacco, before leading to a lingering, dry finish. Jefferson's Reserve earned a score of 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.
Jefferson's 10YO Straight Rye Whiskey is made from a mash of 100% rye grains, which are fermented and distilled before being aged in oak casks for over a decade. The rye has an aroma of warm bread, vanilla, custard and apple cider. The notes of candied ginger and baking spices complement the hints of vanilla, caramel and rye bread, and lead to a warm finish with a touch of butter.
Jefferson's Straight Rye earned four stars from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, and was rated one of the Top 50 Spirits of 2012 by Wine Enthusiast.
"Jefferson's is a handmade product that I put my name on, which makes it hugely important," says Zoeller. Try two handmade whiskies today!
Bourbon - 90.2 Proof (45.1% ABV); Rye - 94 Proof (47% ABV)
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Bourbon: Gentle aromas of dried fruits, hay, hints of spice, cream and vanilla. Light and clean flavor with toffee sweetness and hints of cigar leaf and pepper. Long finish with lingering dry spice and sweetness.