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of the Louisiana Territory, dispatched Lewis and Clark westward in order to explore the remainder of the continent, and repealed the Whisky Excise Tax.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 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, Trey Zoeller continues to push the boundaries of bourbon with his curious mindset, while upholding this rich tradition.
His taste for experimentation is evident in the Ocean line, for a boat is not a very common place for ageing spirits. The idea crossed Trey Zoeller’s mind while he was holding a bottle of Jefferson’s Reserve on the deck of his friend’s boat. As he watched the bourbon rock gently against the glass, he thought to himself how bourbon would age on a ship, subjected to constant movement and extreme weather changes. In 2012, the first barrels began their journey around the world on OCEARCH’s flagship, a non-profit organization studying marine species. The result was a collection of dark bourbons of savory taste, aged beyond their years due to the constant movement and sugars caramelizing in the wood.
The journey of Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Voyage 23 was a quiet and reflective one. Beginning its voyage at high noon under the clear skies of Savannah, Georgia, quickly crossing the Panama Canal and then dropping below the equator, it was a solitary and calm journey, with unusually few other ships in sight. The bourbon was allowed to rest, taking on the character of the sea and the wood of the barrels that cradled it. With time, it transformed into an exceptionally smooth, buttery and smokey tasting bourbon. This was no ordinary journey and it amounted in no ordinary bourbon.
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Signature dark color. Thick notes of vanilla and caramelized sugar, giving way to a briny, savory taste with a smooth, buttery consistency. Finish is long, complex and smokey.