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Jefferson's Releases Limited-Edition, Sea-Aged Bourbon

Jack Bettridge
Posted: August 17, 2012

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Jefferson’s Ocean, Aged at Sea Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (82.3 proof or 41.15 percent abv, $200)

APPEARANCE: Very dark copper color (almost maple syrup) with formidable legs that drip down the glass like a lazy comet with a fat head and thinner tail.

NOSE: Maple candy on first flush, the whiskey soon begins to release an elegant floral character as well as caramel and toffee. At the very end there is the reminder of the woodiness of a handle of a Louisville Slugger.

PALATE: Intense hard candy and maple syrup when it first hits the mouth. As the whiskey opens up across the palate out comes a huge spice quotient with mounds of licorice and nutmeg.

FINISH: The licorice informs the rather long finish, until it’s replaced with wild cherry at the very end of the voyage.

CIGAR PAIRING: We paired with the Padrón 1964 Anniverary Maduro Superior (6½ inches by 42 ring gauge, 89 points in the October 2012 issue of Cigar Aficionado, $10.10) a medium-to-full-bodied lonsdale with a wide spectrum of flavors including coffee, toast, nuts and vanilla. The two products hit it off right away. First, the nuttiness of the cigar found a similar, previously dormant partner in the Bourbon. Then they danced off together as the whiskey revealed sweetness and chocolate in the cigar and together they became a candy bar of toffee, cocoa, nuts and nougat.

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Comments   2 comment(s)

Kenny L. — Oldeminence, KY, United States,  —  August 25, 2012 4:35am ET

I'll have to convince myself (and wife)! to pay that price. But I admire Zoeller's approach. If I can even find it, it will have a home in my home right next to another bottle of Zoeller's creations, his 18 year old "Presidential Select"!

John McEvoy — New York, NY, 10013,  —  March 3, 2014 2:10pm ET

I would like to use an excerpt from this article for a book I am writing about mezcal. How can I gain permission to do so? You can check out my website at Thank you.

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