Jefferson's Manhattan Bourbon



(0.7l, 34%)

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This cocktail wonder is a love at first sip!

Jefferson’s was founded in 1997 by Trey Zoeller and his father Chet—a famed Bourbon historian, who wrote the book on Kentucky distilleriesYes, 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!
The “official” 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.

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  • Style
    Manhattan Bourbon
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    McLain & Kyne
  • Bottler
    McLain & Kyne

Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

black cherry
What does Jefferson's Manhattan Bourbon taste like?

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Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Deep mahogany   
Nose / Aroma / Smell
It smells like Sean Connery’s library      
Flavour / Taste / Palate
It is a perfectly made, Bourbon-forward, man-drink 
Smooth, lightly sweet, aromatic 

Flavour Spiral
sweet, black cherry, dry, rye, woody, peach, orange, oily, apricot

Ratings & Reviews
Not truly a ready-to-drink Manhattan, but is smooth, and has a less powerful flavor for beginner whisky drinkers. I choose to add (Luxardo) cherries and bit of additional whisky.
Meh. Just make your own fresh cocktail. This isn't bad, but it is definitely missing something. It also has a VERY dry, VERY bitter vermouth finish. The finish almost ruins it for me.
Good as is over ice with a cherry
Smooth cocktail and not unpleasant but it is not what I consider a Manhattan. Seems like I can make a better one at home, and at far less cost. Nice idea to have a barrel aged cocktail but I am disappointed in the overall result.
Premade barrel aged cocktail with a 12 year Bourbon base. YES PLEASE!
It was missing something. I thought there was not enough flavor. You can not compare it to the freshly made Manhattan.
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