68% ABV of perfectly made, Bourbon-forward, manly cocktail wonder. Jefferson’s
was founded in 1997
by Trey Zoeller
and his father Chet—a famed Bourbon historian, who wrote the book on Kentucky distilleries.
Yes, an actual book called “Bourbon in Kentucky: A History of Distilleries in Kentucky.”
Heck, distilling is in their blood. In fact, eight generations ago, their great-great-grandmother was arrested for the “production and sales of spirituous liquors” in 1799. Which probably makes her the coolest ancestor ever!
story is that they named their Jefferson’s Bourbon
after Thomas Jefferson
because of “his curiosity and experimental spirit.”
It likely didn’t hurt that Jefferson
allegedly ran a still on his farm, after he retired from public life… so did George Washington
for that matter. They make a range of specialty Bourbons
and Rye Whiskies
—including a very interesting “Ocean Aged at Sea”
product that gets a lot of attention. In 2007, Jefferson’s was sold to Castle Brands, as they build their own liquor empire of premium spirits.
First things first... Jefferson´s Manhattan
is a barrel-aged cocktail. Never had one before? If you like a great Whiskey cocktail like we do, then you won’t go back. Remember how James Bond always wants his drink “shaken, not stirred?” Well, you can put 007 to shame when you take your cocktail barrel-aged.
They start with their premium Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon
. Then they put it into 53 gallon barrels
with sweet Vermouth, dry Vermouth, and black cherry bitters to age it all a little more for a true cocktail wonder. And they DO NOT
shortchange you on the cut either … This is bottled at 68 Proof
. So you can go ahead and chill it on some rocks without fear.