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Jefferson's Makes a Legal-Age Bourbon

Jack Bettridge
Posted: May 3, 2013

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PALATE: Again, it starts out with a fruity sweetness before the mouth is informed with heartier notes of caramel,walnuts, toffee and vanilla.

FINISH: The ending is in a way the hero here as berry flavors meld with an insurgent nuttiness—walnuts and pistachios—to promote a candy-bar effect.

CIGAR PAIRING: Room 101 Daruma Mutante (7 inches by 38 ring gauge, $8.25, 88 points, April 2013 Cigar Aficionado). Peppery and woody, this medium-bodied lancero has an easy, open draw and takes on some herbal and floral notes as it smokes. The Jefferson's races to the reveal the floral notes and in the process releases some fruit from the cigar. The Room 101 gives right back, accentuating the nuts on the whiskey's finish.

Aurora 100 Años Edicion Especial Maduro Robusto (5 inches by 50 ring gauge, $19.50, 87 points, April 2013 Cigar Aficionado). A dark robusto with an even draw and burn. There are heavy mineral flavors to the smoke as well as some woody notes and a touch of pencil lead. The mineral brightens under the influence of the Jefferson's and turns to cherry. The whiskey keeps becoming more complex with enhanced fruit flavors and newfound depth.

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Kenny Hall — New Castle, Ky, USA,  —  May 6, 2013 9:02pm ET

Just picked up a bottle. I think a Padron Family Reserve should pair nicely. Lost at the 'Downs this weekend. So I'm needing some luvin'! Sounds like the making of a blues medley!! See Ya!!

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