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.
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.
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Jefferson’s (41.15% ABV), Jefferson’s Reserve (45.1% ABV), Jefferson’s Presidential Select (47% ABV) and Jefferson’s Straight Rye (47% ABV), New York, NYTerms and Conditions
Jefferson’s Bourbon - Balance and complexity are made approachable and affordable in this offering created from four styles of bourbon that we marry together in small batches. The result is a slightly fruitier and surprisingly sophisticated flavor profile, finishing - as always - with a smooth, vanilla-infused elegance that demands another round.
Jefferson’s Rye - Jefferson’s Rye is the only product in the stable which is merely bottled as is. This rye has a great burst of spice up front and maintains flavor throughout, rather than dry out as traditional ryes have a tendency to do. This is achieved by the amount of time this 100% rye has spent in the barrel.
Jefferson’s Reserve - Our flagship bourbon is where we define the Jefferson’s taste: big and bold with hints of spice, toffee and leather. The Reserve is the perfect marriage of four different recipes of bourbon, one of which is an elder statesman. The result is bourbon that, like Thomas Jefferson, is sophisticated, complex and unforgettable.
Presidential Select - Like a treasure hunt, we have discovered gems of hyper aged whiskeys to bottle under the Jefferson’s Presidential label. Whether it is bourbon from the famed, defunct Stizel Weller Distillery to barrels of various whiskies aged 15, 20, 25 and even 30 years, finding these barrels is reminiscent of Christmas morning.
Jefferson’s Ocean: Aged at Sea - Inspired by the original Jefferson’s Ocean, which was new-filled bourbon barrels, the Jefferson’s Ocean: Aged at Sea takes older bourbon barrels and brings it around the world. Stopping in 5 different continents and crossing the equator 4 times, this bourbon truly is a world beater.
Chef’s Collaboration - A late night spent tasting some of chef Edward Lee’s culinary creations led Trey to the idea that someone should blend a bourbon that would pair well with the bold flavors in chef Lee’s cookbook and other modern cuisine. Without hesitation, Trey and Ed set forth. The result is a blend with a spicy upfront and a fruity finish, enhanced by the addition of rye whiskey into the mix. Perfect with meals, for mixing cocktails or simply drinking neat.
Jefferson’s Ocean: Aged at Sea - A boat is a singularly uncommon place to age bourbon, but inspiration struck Trey on the deck of his friend Chris Fischer’s research ship. While watching Jefferson’s Reserve bourbon rock gently in its bottle, they wondered what would happen to bourbon aged on the bow of a ship. The caramelizing of the sugars in the barrel combined with the constant motion of the ship resulted in a dark bourbon with a briny, savory taste aged beyond its years. The first batch of Jefferson’s Ocean was bottled in 2012. Distilled in Kentucky and aged for four years on the deck of a research vessel in the tropics, its dark, complex flavor rivaled whiskeys several times its age and it quickly sold out.
Now, the next round has headed out to open sea and this time, the barrels, aged up to 8 years, will be going all the way around the world. Check back soon to explore the progress of the vessel and find out how it’s tasting.
The Jefferson’s Bourbon story is always being written.
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