Jefferson’s Bourbon was founded by Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, and was first launched in 1997. Chet is a Bourbon expert, so it was only natural that he should turn to crafting it. The company is said to have been called after Thomas Jefferson in light of his curiosity and experimental spirit. The company produces both Bourbon and Rye Whiskies, but does not distil these itself. Rather, it sources fine Whiskey from other, experience distilleries and blends them to create a new drink. The company is famed for its experimental ways of doing things, this includes maturing Whiskey at sea.
Jefferson’s Ocean is unique. Not only has it been aged at sea, but the journey takes it across the equator 4 times as well as stopping in 5 continents. It would be difficult to find a more globalised Whiskey! This small batch Whiskey has a very interesting flavor profile. It offers up a wide range of sweet and spicy notes that chime together and create perfect harmony. There is also a significant dark chocolate-esque bitterness that plays alongside some of the louder notes and is captured wonderfully on the palate.
The nose is a little stale and lacking. The body is full, spicy, and rich. The finish is short and slim. The touch of salt is nice but this bourbon is way overpriced.
Amazing bourbon! All the standard cherry, molasses, and orange notes with vanilla and a little brine.
I have the Fourth Voyage and absolutely love it. Smooth
My absolute favorite. Best enjoyed while sitting near the ocean with a good book and time to kill.
Saltiness is amazing
Was looking forward to this and not disappointed. Initially had trouble differentiating the flavor notes but once I detected the cinnamon and subtle coffee flavors, it kind of jumped out at me. This will be a fixture in my cabinet.
Love the saltiness of this bourbon.
Such a unique bourbon. Was pleasantly surprised by the salty flavor.
Cask Strength variant. Excellent, love the saltiness.
This is my second voyage. I started with voyage 15. This is voyage 17.
This one is mcuh smoother. Starts mellow with a bit of vanilla and caramel. You get a little bit of spice with that neat hint of salt on the finish. Voyage 15 was a bit more bold and spicey, which I prefer. Still, very good bourban.
Well well well, another great burbon by jeffersons. One of my personal favorites. The hints of the salty sea air linger in the finish......
Loved !! Sweet and a slightly salty finish one of my new favorites!
I had to revise my rating after buying the bottle Voyage 16. It’s definitely worth the price. It’s earned a permanent place on the shelf!
Best bourbon I’ve had so far, and I’ve tasted many!
It was sweeter than I was expecting but very smooth and yummy.
its pretty good, but not worth the price
If a spiced rum and a bourbon had a baby; and it was the best looking baby in the world. This would be it.
The First time I tried this was when I was at a bar with friends drinking (It was also my best friends birthday) . anyway THIS was my first experience having a Bourbon Whiskey and got me hooked on trying many different kinds of Whiskey drinking.
Voyage 3 and 16. 3 was smooth, 16 was bold and salty.
Wonderful caramel flavor with a hint of sea air. It is a perfect bourbon meets Islay without the smokiness. I can't wait to see what the next sailing is like.
Fine. Given as a gift and supposed to be special, but did not live up to the hype.
I liked this ok neat, but not at this price point. It did mix a very interesting Manhattan with the addition of sea salt flavors. Probably not one I would buy again unless the price drops. Worth trying once.
Nose: Green apple and some oak, some salt
Taste: little heat, plenty of oak, some spice, slightly salty/briny, light smooth finish, fairly neutral, unpleasant after taste
Loved it...great flavor...the salt was evident in our samplings....yum.
Definatly a unique bourbon, many levels of flavor and smells . A VERY enjoyable bottle. Sweet and spicey with a light clean finish.
voyage 16 is smooth with a good burn all the way down. the hint of salt came after a couple sips. it will go well in the home bar for special occasions
Superb bourbon, smooth and flavors sing together.
I really like this bourbon. It has a very complex spice taste from the rum barrels. One of my favorites.
Vanilla & Caramel forward, smooth finish.
Sweet and very tasty. Love the “aged at sea” idea.
closest that I can find I actually have barrel cast at 57% or 114 proof nice heat like the way the heat hits my nose and pallet. Worth every cent I paid.
Very nice Bourbon, everyone can smell and taste different things in any whiskey or bourbon. It was smooth and had a lot of flavor, went very well with a lemon-lime soda water mix.
my favorite. very sweet, and cinnamon smell. very smooth taste and finish, just a hint of salt makes it savory
This was the bomb! Smooth as silk. Highly recommend.
Really good bourbon, very sweet and delicious straight but a bit of ice helps separates the flavors. Will buy again!
I could really taste the salt water flavor, it wasn’t pleasant. Tried to put it in a cocktail and that didn’t help either.
Each voyage is a little different. The latest voyage I have tried is the one that was wheated. It is brilliant.
An interesting take on aging bourbon; the journey around the work and 4 times across the equator certainly adds a tropical touch.
Nose: citrus, tangerines and limes out the gate, spices, cinnamon, black pepper.
Pallet, bottled at 45% spice and warm cinnamon, ginger, marmalade, touch of lime.
Absolutely love this bourbon!
Unbelievably strong, even for cask strength. It’s hard to get all the notes or really enjoy because of this.
Excellent bourbon with a great story. Well crafted. Honey apple smell with a Woody flavor on the tongue. Great cinnamon finish.
Love it. Smooth
Voyage 3 is superior vintage 5&8 are also excellent
My go to when I can find it, lovely all around
Smooth and tasty
Really nice flavor little too much bite for me.
Not a good value. I asked several people before I pulled the trigger of it was worth the money or a gimmick and all I heard was it is worth the money. I could definitely taste the salinity, but nothing stood out other than that.
Great enough to sip neat. Not overly oaky, with hints of dry fruits and spice.
Amazing bourbon! Don't know if aging at sea really makes a difference but it makes for a cool story.
I enjoyed it a lot, detecting a saltiness but also very smooth
I was bale to enjoy a bottle of Jefferson's Ocean Single Barrel Select, 2016; which was an outstanding creamy sipper with a birth of spicy oak, a life of dried fruit & sea salt, while its' death was filled with spicy chocolate.
The best. Even better when drinking on a ship. Mix with a good cigar and good company and you have found something that is as close to heaven as you will get.
I've found Voyage 9 to be my favorite bourbon to date. It's tasty and reminds me of being home by the sea.
Spicy and creamy. Long finish. Good to try.
Hot and flat for a cask strength. One flavor from start to finish. I expected better for a $100 bottle. Makers cask strength is much more complex and satisfying at half the price.
Saltiness really comes out in a surprising synergy
Best I have ever tasted!!!
Good bourbon, strong flavors
Strong, long lasting flavor. Maybe an even better scent. I would definitely drink again but not regularly.