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REVIEW: JEFFERSON’S RESERVE GROTH RESERVE CASK FINISH

27 Apr
REVIEW: JEFFERSON’S RESERVE GROTH RESERVE CASK FINISH

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

Nose:

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

Taste:

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

Finish:
90.2 Proof- Smooth Finish, Sweet corn, caramel, a little burn
Cask Strength Nice Long finish, with Lots of Sweet Corn, Spice and Oak

Score:
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,

Slàinte Mhath!

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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Bourbon, Reviews, whiskey

 

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6 responses to “REVIEW: JEFFERSON’S RESERVE GROTH RESERVE CASK FINISH

  1. Alec

    May 12, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Your review is great. Except Jeffersons doesn’t make anything, they only bottle other people’s whiskies. Also a whole review of a special bottle with out mentioning how it’s different from the regular? Hrump.

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    • samuelstyve

      May 12, 2015 at 3:33 am

      Aww well, I thought the title explained it. This is a bourbon finished in a Groth wine cask. Gives it a bit drier finish and a hint of red wine. To be honest I think it’s a great bourbon. They may only bottle other people’s liquor, but it’s what they do after they purchase it and before they sell it that really makes them stand out.

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    • samuelstyve

      May 12, 2015 at 3:39 am

      Alec,

      Thanks for the feedback. I will endeavor to fix issues like that in the future. You pointed out some very relevant points.

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  2. Tim H. in NoVA

    May 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Just had to check your math, and it looks like you’re off a bit.

    Adding 4ml to a 30ml pour would give you 105 proof bourbon.

    To get it down to 90.2 proof, you’d need to add 9.6ml of water to your 30ml pour — so you were still tasting it way over a “normal” release proof.

    Makes it doubly important that they not dilute it much. Thanks for the review.

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    • samuelstyve

      May 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Math and drinking don’t go together. Thanks for the catch.

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