Jefferson's Reserve Very Old Very Small Batch Bourbon
Still a blend of only 8 to 12 barrels per batch from bourbon recipes that all use rye as the flavoring grain, at least some of those barrels are aged up to 20 years. The nose is balanced, with plenty of familiar cinnamon but enough sawed oak and dry tobacco notes to keep it from coming across overly spicy. Elegant as ever. On the palate, it’s honeyed and sweet with an initial wave of brown sugar and baking spice. The heat is nicely dialed in, providing the coveted “Kentucky hug.” Things soften and evolve on the mid-palate with savory pastry and stone fruit notes, peach cobbler almost, and creamy vanilla custard. The generous finish is all chewy caramels and vanilla bean with just a bit of barrel char. It’s a great bourbon at a fantastic price point.