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Review: Jefferson’s Rye Finished in Cognac Casks

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Jefferson’s has loads of bourbons in its steady, from Very Small Batch to the Ocean sequence and quite a lot of wine finishes and special releases, however the firm has solely as soon as, in 2008, launched a rye whiskey. Proprietor and blender Trey Zoeller is giving rye one other go along with this newest launch, however this time, the whiskey has been completed in Cognac casks. Though the bottle doesn’t denote it particularly, that is reportedly a Kentucky sourced rye. It spends a minimum of 9 months (however as much as 19) resting in ex-Cognac casks. Completed whiskey is certainly an indicator of the Jefferson’s line, and we’ve tasted some hits and misses from the corporate through the years. Let’s see how this new rye fares.

The nostril is delicate and grassy with candy cereals, honey candies, and a little bit of sharp rye spice that comes throughout as a contact rubbery. Contemporary oak and dried stone fruit notes assist to raise the expertise considerably, but it surely stays general fairly coarse and earthy. The palate is honeyed with a properly rounded mouthfeel and notes of white pepper, clove-studded orange, and grated nutmeg. These flavors don’t precisely leap out at you, nonetheless, coming throughout extra muddled and considerably saturated in easy syrup. The end is prolonged with refined notes of peach candies and lemon peel, however that bland, syrupy sweetness dulls a few of these brighter notes and offers issues a watery really feel. Jefferson’s followers who love the approachability of a bourbon like Very Small Batch will most likely discover loads to love right here, because the ending has clearly smoothed out the rougher edges on this rye. For me, it’s just a bit too unbalanced, selecting sweetness and texture over complexity.

94 proof.


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