Our first private selection from the Ocean Aged series, Trey really took it up a notch with these picks! We chose from half a dozen samples and landed with barrel #62. You’ll find sea spray, salted caramel, and vanilla crème all over the initial aromas. Crème Brûlée on the mid-palate gives way to a hint of oak spice and fresh tobacco leaf. The wheated mash bill really allows the ocean voyage complexity to shine, because it lacks the dominance of the rye spice that sometimes can overpower the more nuanced characteristics. A truly outstanding whiskey you’ll want to drink as you consider your next ocean voyage round the globe!
Creating very uncommon bourbon is a journey. We seek out new and aged barrels of bourbon from established distilleries that have perfected their art over hundreds of years. Then we do some old-fashioned experimenting, building balance and adding complexity through different selection, agitation and environmental processes until we find the taste Jefferson's is known for. That is found in small batch bottling. It's like making dinner for 8 friends rather than a group of 80 people. Founded in 1997, Jefferson's is the brainchild of Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a famed bourbon historian. They were continuing a family tradition that goes back to Trey's 8th generation grandmother who was arrested in 1799 for the "production and sales of spirituous liquors." To personify the brand, they chose Thomas Jefferson-known for his curiosity and experimental spirit. This is a mindset to which Trey has dedicated himself, pushing the boundaries of the definition of bourbon. Upholding tradition, yet always discovering new possibilities.