The grooved surface of the barrel staves allows more contact with the wood on the secondary aging of this custom whiskey bottling. The result is a full-flavored whiskey with complex notes of oak spice, vanilla, mocha and pepper. Baking spices accented by hints of brown sugar and Marzipan dominate the palate, and the mouthfeel is supple, yet spicy. It hits all the right notes at Jefferson’s signature 90.2 proof, and offers a lithe finish with soft spice and almond carrying through.
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.