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 Whiskeys, 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.
Smooth great flavor. Favorite bourbon so far. Not for mixing
Another great sipping whiskey.
Loved it!! By far the smoothest, best bourbon I’ve ever had in my life!! I just cannot imagine any other being better than Jefferson’s Ocean!! Well done Flaviar!!!
Smooth on the tongue. Tastes like salted caramel.
Wow, what a unique bourbon! Smooth, not to sweet, and you can actually taste the brine! I have batch 20 and will definitely be a future purchaser.
There is just something about this one aged at sea. It might be hype but they sold me on it!!
Great story to tell while drinking with friends and the subtle hint of ocean saltiness makes the drink fun
Brine, brine, brine!
Leather, Cocconut, & vanilla with an oaky finish. One of the very best at it's price-point.
I used to be a Blanton's guy... until I tried this. I expected the "our bourbon has crossed the ocean, so it tastes different" stuff to be a gimmick, but it's surprisingly true. I've tried two different "voyages": the first was during a calm crossing and it had a very prominent salted caramel taste, while the second was a crossing during rough weather and it has a much smokier / oakier taste. Both are delicious. It's not the cheapest, but it's the most enjoyable. Definitely moved into the #1 bourbon slot in my bar. (Blanton's who?)
Had voyage #20 it was unbelievable. Smooth, sweet, very easy to drink. Not a daily sipper due to the price, more of a special occasion, or with friends etc pour.
Unique with the brininess but not something I’d want as a daily drinker
Good bourbon, if I close my eyes (and drive to the coast) I can almost pretend to taste the sea. The 5 star is price point, way to much for what essentially is their very small batch in a different bottle.
Love the initial sip. Aftertaste is longer lasting.
very smooth with caramel notes and sweetness that makes for a very happy glass
Was thinking this one would be a lot of hype about nothing but it is truly one of the most unique bourbons I have tasted!
very smooth, nice flavor!!
Unique and delicious. The hint of salt/brine from being aged at sea is fantastic. Even at cast strength it is a good one to sip on.
Love it!! Very smooth and just the right bite to it. Light carmel hints and cinnamon, Sweet but not too sweet. Voyage 20
Salty and rich with nice wood. Notes of sugar, iodine and oak
Welp, this is so good! Sweet, smooth, chocolate and yes a bit salty on the finish. Kinda tastes like a salted caramel w/ booze!
Love this one of my favorites of all time
Pretty spicy. Will finish the bottle but won't buy again.
Not usually one for savory drinks, but the hint of saltiness on this bourbon is really nice
Love the hint of salt!
Sweet and Carmel hit with a small bite initially. Finishes smooth with a tad of saltiness to it.
smooth drinkable whiskey. Nice finish that lingers nicely . I love the chefs collaboration From Jefferson and this is slightly better with the finish.
It was good. I gave it an 8 because I have tried a few different voyages and like them but they are different, so without calling on a particular voyage, try whatever you can.
Voyage 16: pretty good bourbon with a bit of salt for interest
Very interesting nose and taste. Great flavor
Enjoyable bourbon. But I feel you pay for the experiment and the story. Still good and I will enjoy the bottle but likely won’t purchase again
Voyage 17. Love this. Makes me think of Kettle Corn.
I've always wanted to try this and just now bought a bottle. This is my new favorite bourbon. Super smooth, with hints of caramel and vanilla and a touch of salt up front that really balances out this very intriguing bourbon.
For some reason I freaking love this bourbon. I swear I can smell and taste the ocean in it. I'm terrible at actual tasting notes etc.
Vanilla, butterscotch, spicy. Strong but tasty, good burn.
Really unique whiskey both in the story and taste. Sweet, Carmel, and a hint of salt...makes you think of salty Carmel popcorn in my opinion. Little spice going down, but an easy smooth whiskey to sip on.
Excellent bourbon and great story.
Story was better than the bourbon
Smooth with a taste of vanilla at the end.
Spicy nose, very smooth.
Easy to drink. Flavor is not like any others in my bar.
Smooth and sweet.
Very smooth. It is not too sweet. If you like Speyside Scotch, you will like this Bourbon.
Cask Strength Voyage 14 - Very woody taste, I feel like this is what chewing an oak stave would taste like. It isn't bad, just very much 1 note and not balanced. I have Voyage 16 regular strength I'll report back at a later date.
Smooth.. Great kick back and enjoy Bourbon
Some great stories for each voyage. Loved the rubber ducks in Voyage 17. Smooth whiskey that never disappoints.
Good flavor and very smooth
Loved it very. Very smooth on the pallet.
A little Spicy going down, but smooth finish!!
very distinct from other bourbons i've tried. i might be tasting a hint of salt, or is that my imagination based on the story?
Excellent spirit. very smooth and refined.
Unique taste. Strong flavor. Salty and dry.
Very good bourbon! Smooth with a taste of cinnamon. Love it!
Briny, add a drop of water
Good bourbon, not anything particular jumps out. Smooth and good!
This is amazing! Very smooth and yes, a bit salty, as if a sea breeze has blessed your glass with salty fairy dust. I'm not a 10 stars gal, but this deserves it!
Voyage 19 might be my favorite bourbon wheated tasted of smoked Carmel
It was a great first bourbon to try that was recommended from a friend. Smooth and loved the flavor.
Delicious sipping bourbon.
EXTREMELY smooth bourbon. For the price, I was expecting a little more of a "kick." I find that the longer I've been drinking scotch, the more I crave that bite. As for bourbons, I still haven't found one that hits the spot better than Four Roses Single Barrel.
My go to Bourbon. No "bourbon burn" while drinking.
Very good and hard to find
Loved the flavor.
Excellent mouth feel and smooth finish
Very unique flavor and one of my favorite whiskies of all time.
Sweet and salty awesomeness
Smooth sipping bourbon with a bit of a after kick. pretty good for under $100.
Can be a 10, depending on the year. Vastest batches, can't come close to the 7, 11 and 13.
This is one of the best bourbons I have ever had and will hopefully always have a bottle in my bar. Cheers!
A very nice blended bourbon. Very pleasant nose. Sweet up front, a cinnamon spice comes on next, followed up by a delightful cacao finish. A little on the pricey side, so it won’t be my go-to , but I’ll definitely buy again.
Very good, dark dalted chocolate is great. I would prefer the very small batch over this but they are a close competition for my favorite.
I wanted to love this much more than I do. A few more tours at sea to mellow it out a wee bit may do the trick. It has a lovely flavor profile if you can get beyond the burn.
Best burbon I've had so far to date its fabulous
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.