DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Color: Polished Copper
90.2 Proof- Bright and Pungent, Peaches and Cream Corn, Caramel, Vanilla, Blackberries, Oak, Toffee, hints of smoke and raisins
Cask Strength – Sweet at first, but then the alcohol numbs your nose
90.2 Proof- Sweet Corn, Toffee, Raisins, Red Wine, A little spice and smoke
Cask Strength-Sweet Buttery Corn, Charred Oak, Vanilla, Dark Red Wine, Spice, Dark Fruits, And a bit of crisp Apple, and a slight hint of Blackberries
90.2 Proof- Smooth Finish, Sweet corn, caramel, a little burn
Cask Strength Nice Long finish, with Lots of Sweet Corn, Spice and Oak
Rick- 90.2 Proof 8.75/10.0
Cask Strength 9.5/10.0
Sam- 90.2 Proof 9.0/10.0
Cask Strength 9.25/10.0
Overall- 90.2 Proof 8.875/10.0
Cask Strength 9.375/10.0
Note: We added 4mL of water to a 30mL sample of 119 proof to achieve roughly 90.2 proof. Hopefully my math was right.
We received this sample to review while I was away. Love the fact that it came in a plain bottle, simply marked Bottle #1. The air of mystery made it even more intriguing. This is the first time we have had any of the Jefferson’s products, and if this is any indicator, we are definitely missing out! We were told that this was sent to us at cask strength, and would need to be diluted. We decided to try it both ways.
Hopefully someone at Jefferson’s is reading this, PLEASE DON’T DILUTE IT! This is a beautiful pour. One of our favorites to date. Without water, it is a little harsh on the nose, but the flavor profiles are much better like this. Water smooths out the bite, but also dilutes the flavor sending some of the more delicate notes packing.
The nose is the only place that the added water was better. The water really brought out the aromas of Sweet Peaches and cream corn, Caramel, Vanilla Bean, and a Myriad of other enticing scents. Without water we were only able to detect the corn before the nose was burned by the alcohol.
When it comes to flavor, undiluted is definitely the way to go. The more delicate notes such as raisins, the char of the oak, and crisp apple seem to fade with the addition of water. The Cabernet cask finish is very subtle, mostly came out in a slight blackberry note that was very pleasing. It was still a wonderful pour with water, and one that we’ll will definitely be looking for this when it hits the shelves in our area.
The finish to this one is a lot of fun. At cask strength it’ll kick you in the back of the throat on the way down. Some might see this as a detraction, but we really enjoy a good bite. The cask strength also allowed for a broader flavor profile on the way down too. The water smooths out the kick, not taking it away, just softening the blow a little, and making it sweeter.
As stated earlier this was our introduction to Jefferson’s, and after this we are planning to expand our portfolio. Jefferson’s seems to make a fine bourbon, but only more testing will verify that for sure. It will have to wait though this weekends testing was quite a lengthy one, and next weekend is the Whiskey Extravaganza. So much whisk(e)y so little time!
I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.
Until Next Time,