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With 25 totally different “voyages” throughout the globe, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea has different from launch to launch due seemingly as a lot to the totally different mashbills, proofs, and sources of the whiskey in every launch as to the acute fluctuations in temperature and movement skilled whereas plying the seven seas. The one factor all of them have actually had in widespread was that every was a bourbon. Till now.
For its twenty sixth “voyage,” Jefferson’s has thrown a rye into the combo and an attention-grabbing one at that. It’s a Canadian-sourced rye of unspecified mashbill aged in #3 char barrels after which double barreled in a mixture of #3 char and toasted barrels. Suffice to say this was a singular whiskey with a singular maturation even earlier than boarding a container ship in Savannah for its lengthy pleasure cruise. Let’s see the way it fares.
The aroma reveals off the double barreling with toasty, seasoned oak notes that properly complement a wholesome rye spice and grain-forward character. A delicate layer of modest sweetness lurks beneath with darkish caramels and a little bit of gingerbread. On the palate, a vigorous clove-studded spice kicks issues off earlier than transitioning to extra wood-driven notes of barrel char and overbaked chocolate chip cookies that simply as shortly change into silky toffee and creamy cinnamon buns. These numerous flavors coalesce with spectacular stability heading right into a candy, oak-kissed end of tobacco and Huge Purple chewing gum. Cruises nonetheless freak me out, however I’d sail with these barrels any day.