Jefferson’s Reserve Very Small Batch Bourbon
Well, America’s birthday has just come and gone and in honor of the 4th of July I thought it would be fitting to take a look at a spirit inspired by one of the greatest of our founding fathers, Jefferson’s Reserve. Now Mr. Jefferson may never have had a chance to sample the bourbon emblazoned with his namesake, but having had a chance to sample it myself, I have to imagine that he would have approved of the bronze-hued panacea.
One of the major differences that help to separate Jefferson’s Reserve from other small batch bourbon distillers is their fervent belief in their “very small batch” production process. While most distilleries that specialize in small batch bourbon marry between 200 – 400 barrels in order to blend their bourbon, Jefferson’s marries between 8 and 12 barrels of varying maturity, resulting in a Kentucky bourbon that’s both dynamic and well balanced. According to owners McLain & Kyne, Jefferson’s success has been a result of their blending technique coupled with the fact they “utilize indigenous grains – corn, malted barley and rye – as well as the renowned clean, crisp limestone water of Kentucky.”
The nose of the Jefferson’s Reserve emanates a potent vanilla aroma layered with a soft alcohol scent. At first sip, the most notable characteristic of the Jefferson’s is it exceptionally sweet profile. The sugars eased from their barrels during maturation take center stage, leaving an almost candied vanilla taste on the palette. The intoxicatingly sweet profile is somewhat reminiscent of an aged Pappy Van Winkle. Following the sweetness, there’s a noteworthy, yet mild combination of subtle fruit notes comprised of both dates and oranges. The finish is moderately long with the aforementioned sweet profile spanning from front to back. At 45.1 % ABV, the Jefferson’s Reserve is right in line with other high quality handmade bourbons, striking a nice balance between the spirits bite and its syrupy sugars.
Available in most markets and retailing for around $80.00 a bottle, the Jefferson’s Reserve is a true high quality, and traditional small batch bourbon that delivers in spades. This is definitely bourbon worthy of your personal bar’s valuable real estate. So although the 4th of July has come and gone, there’s never a good excuse not to celebrate one of our nations founding fathers. Better yet, now we all have something collectively patriotic to do on the 4th of every month; Enjoy Jefferson’s Reserve!