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23 Jan 2011

Jefferson’s Reserve

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * USA

Jefferson’s Reserve is a small-batch, handcrafted bourbon. In fact it’s just a label for different whiskies bottled independently by McLain & Kyne in Kentucky. Only occasionally do they reveal the producer of the spirit.

There’s a regular Jefferson bourbon whisky (note that they don’t spell it the American way) and this higher-strength brother Jefferson’s Reserve. A previous batch was labeled “15 years old” but not this time, so we can assume this new batch is a little younger. Each batch is around 2400 bottles.


Jefferson's ReserveJefferson’s Reserve (45,1%, OB 2010)

Nose: very smooth and gentle, with sweet corn, lovely notes of vanilla and a white chocolate bar filled with banana cream. Some raisins and apricots as well. Hints of black cherries, nice! A little mint. Not very complex but with a kind of “sherried” sweetness and great elegance. It suggests a higher age than regular bourbon. Mouth: medium-bodied, much more oak influence now, with spices, mint and nougat. Raisins again. Hints of cigar leafs. There are not many other flavours to be found. Finish: spicy and dry with hints of polished oak and tannins.

I really liked the sophisticated nose, but on the palate I think it switches too much towards oak and spices. Around € 60.

Score: 80/100

Jefferson’s Reserve 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-01-23
  • Michael

    Most of the bourbons, I tasted have a great nose but I am not a big fan of taste. I also like nose of some rums but I really do not like the taste.

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