As Johnny Walker Black is to Scotch, Jefferson’s Small Batch is to Bourbon.
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." And eight generations ago, their great-great-grandmother was arrested for the "production and sales of spiritous liquors" in 1799. Which makes her the coolest great-great-grandmother ever! They acquire and produce a range of specialty Bourbons and Rye Whiskeys. In 2007 Jefferson’s was sold to Castle Brands as they build their own liquor empire portfolio of premium Spirits.
They make no bones about it — Jefferson’s Small Batch is a blend of small batch Bourbons. They mix and match to strike a balance between sophistication and approachability, and by all accounts, the effort has been a success. Since the Bourbons that make up this blend are chosen as needed to maintain the character of the product, an age statement is not possible. But don’t let that scare you off. Jefferson’s Small Batch is a premium Bourbon that deserves to be in that category. Think of it like this — as Johnny Walker Black is to Scotch, Jefferson’s Small Batch is to Bourbon. We think that it will be a contender for your daily drinker.
Not a bad sipper at all in my humble opinion, esp with an ice cube.... Honey and vanilla notes with a short finish. It is not overly complex, and sometimes that's a good thing. Moderate proof, which contributes to the overall smoothness. I recommend and will buy again
Better than average bourbon. Good looking bottle on the shelf. An OK sipper, not the best. Overall, a fair deal for the price, and worth trying.
Haven't tried on rocks yet.
smooth light. flaky - tends to leave the party early. Big smoker.
Very smooth to the pallet. Highly recommend
Light and smooth
Smooth, easy drinking whiskey
Very smooth easy drinking whiskey.
My go to. Very similar to Buffalo Trace.
This batch was a little disappointing to me. The very old small batch is a step up and much better. This one is a little to thin for my taste
This is my first selection from the club and I couldn't be happier. This surprising bourbon is perfectly balanced between sweet/caramel and a touch of spiciness. Nice all around and drinkable neat.
Good smooth bourbon but nothing in particular sets it apart from the rest. Would rate it slightly better than Makers.
Smooth and mellow. Nice taste, nice price. A good solid bourbon. It stands up to ice but it is better neat.
Spicy with a nice caramel/honey balance.
Easy to drink, caramel sweet but not too sweet, not too complex but not boring. A pretty mellow one worth trying
Good bite off the top, but pretty average.
Solid, nice caramel notes
Nice spice and caramel flavor. Better dry
Not very memorable.
For the price point, it is pretty good. I got it at the NH state liquor store for $28! I thought 6 stars was too low. I have tasted this several times. I found that it is not my “go to”. I got the caramel notes and some spice. Missed out on the pecan pie. Finish is ok. Also, I hated it with ice. I felt like it tasted awful with 1 ice cube. Much better at room temp. Probably will not get it again unless I serve it to people that ruin nice whiskey. I did use it today with maple syrup and made bourbon pancakes. They were outstanding.
Not my flavor palette. Not bad but not something that I would search out.
I like a strong Whiskey, and this one is just too weak for me taste, and at the price point Knob Creek and Bulleit are far better.
Really surprised by this. Didn’t do much for me at first but leveled up after a while. Really nice.
Great! Perfect sipping Bottle.
smooth with a caramel flavor
Enjoyed with a nice cigar. Great smell, easy finish, not too many distinct flavors
My favorite bourbon so far. Great depth.
Honestly, I didn't love it. It's fine for a dirt-cheap whiskey, but there wasn't really anything special to say. A bit harsh neat, okay on the rocks. I'll blaspheme and mix the rest of the bottle with Coke.
Very smooth, good taste, really enjoyed it and will keep a bottle on hand.
I think this is the one Jeff always had got me. Will have to investigate next time at store.
Very smooth, good taste, enjoyed it while it lasted.
Great taste and smooth for the price but the ocean is still my favorite
Smooth and sweet
Great taste and smooth af... it’s great for the price and I believe it can hang with some of the higher end bourbons.
not a lot of flavor, smooth
Very smooth, nice aftertaste. Really opens up with a small splash of water.
Very smooth, hit hard at first with a bunch of spicy flavor then quickly fades leaving a smooth burn in your throat.
Love this. Lighter flavor. Smooth and a touch of sweetness. Will be ordering again
Really a great everyday bourbon. Super smooth with a good lingering spice. Can’t beat it for the price
Dusting of wheat, touch of sugar and a hint of cream, but overall an overly simple profile. Lingering alcohol burn in mouth, but finishes clean and quick (not bad, but not memorable).
Jefferson’s was founded in 1997 by Trey Zoeller and his father Chet—a famed Bourbon historian who wrote the book on Kentucky distilleries called “Bourbon in Kentucky: A History of Distilleries in Kentucky.” And eight generations ago, their great-great-grandmother was arrested for the “production and sales of spiritous liquors” in 1799.” In 2005, Castle Brands purchased McClain & Kyne which held ownership of the Jefferson’s name. Up until 2015, Jefferson’s was distilled by various distilleries. In 2015 Castle Brands purchased a 20% share in the Copperhead Distillery Company. Copperhead owns and operates Kentucky Artisan Distillery, which is rumored to now supply approximately 25% of the bourbon used in Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Bourbon.
Jefferson’s Small Batch is a blend of small batch Bourbons. While no exact ratio of barrels is given, Jefferson’s states that “four different Kentucky straight bourbon whiskies of different ages...one of the blends comprising of at least 55% of the total” are blended together to form each very small batch. Since the Bourbons that make up this blend are chosen as needed to maintain the character of the product, an age statement is not possible.
Very smooth going down with a nutty flavor. Will share with my family to get their thoughts.
tasty, starts smooth then leaves a bite
One of my favorites! Some say spicy but I get more sweet Carmel wood pie flavor.
One the better bourbons I have had would recommend thos.
Very smooth as a neat drink. Could become a favorite
A solid sipping bourbon a little spicy with a taste of caramel and honey.
I enjoyed it on the rocks, not bad to sip on.
A good, straightforward bourbon that is smooth and mild with no surprises in either direction.
Fantastic overall for the price
Nice floral aroma. Caramel. Nothing special
Very smooth and easy to drink. No burn at all
Wonderful, very smooth taste like pecan pie. Best one for the price.
Very smooth and great every day bourbon and for the money a great value !
Was solid. For a small batch version of bourbon I was hoping it had more of a bite.
Love the smoothness and the minor heat at the end; caramel notes are noticeable and for the price, you really can’t beat it
Great easy drinker. Mild and smooth.
Very smooth drinking, but priced too high when compared to others at the same price point.
This was a very delightful and drinkable bourbon. I will be buying again. A fantastic go-to. Like velvet on the tongue.
Great everyday whisky
Very smooth and tastes great!
Wonderfully smooth and drinkable. Complex but not over powering.
Nice Bourbon, lots of compliments from friends
Just a nice above average bourbon.
One of my favorite go-to drinks for just relaxing!
Caramel, sweet, slightly bitey bourbon. Good stuff
Solid daily go to for a sip to shut down the evening.
Very smooth but lots of character.
Very drinkable - neat. Goes down smooth. A solid bourbon at a very reasonable price.
Incredibly complex flavor... Amazing.
Very smooth! Surprisingly great profile for the price.
Love the bottle. And the taste was good. Was one of our samplings cut our Bourbon party.
Solid bourbon. Picked up a mixture of red peppers, floral arrangements, and a sweet butterscotch. All together it combined for a smooth pour.
Above average - similar to Woodford Reserve, only smoother. Good to have on the second shelf down. Other Jefferson’s have more to offer the pallet, but a good sip nonetheless.
A great value and an excellent bourbon
Spicey and sweet at the end with a smooth finish. I liked it a lot. I taste spicey notes with vanilla and sweetness with Smokiness mixed in.
Smooth taste with just enough bit makes this a must try.
Delightful, smooth, a slight bite. A happy surprise for the reasonable price.
This was a 30 year retirement party. The retiree absolutely loved the small batch and the bottle.
Decent entry level bourbon.
Spice followed by toasty oak. Smooth and enjoyable.
Spicy up front with a smooth Carmel after taste. Had it neat and on the Rocks can't go wrong either way . Very Good quality for the price .
Spicy to the point it’s a bit too much for my preference.
Hands down my favorite. Slightly spicy and silky smooth. Love it!!
Really smooth. One of my favorite bourbons. Has a nice little kick with the finish, but not overpowering.
Very smooth and has a lot of flavor. Highly recommended
Smooth and oaky. Great for guests or unwinding.
Smooth. Easy drinking.
This is a great (maybe too great) sipping whiskey. Nice mix of complexity with vanilla and spice. Very smooth throughout.
Smooth and very drinkable. Great finish that is a surprise considering the super light nose.
Super smooth, needs to stand on its own.
Love this! I will definitely be purchasing this again. It is very smooth and needs no ice!
Great for sipping. Smooth.
Light bourbon with an incredibly smooth finish - discovered in Indy, IN thanks to Mr T.
Lovely smooth flavor with notes of cherry. This will definitely have a permanent place in my collection.
it was very smooth. bottle seemed to go fast! think that says it all.
Bought as a GIFT...THEY LOVED THE TASTE
Great small batch bourbon. Easy
A little boozey to drink straight. Great with 2 rocks
Smooth, but the alcohol content and flavor could use a boost.
Very smooth. Had a very nice flavor to it. Highly recommend you try it.
Nice bourbon. Nothing jumps out at me as different. Smooth, kind of spicy. Overall very good.
Light, boring. Feels like it's very low proof, tastes like it's watered down heavily
Very good. Strong flavor yet pretty smooth overall
Overall smooth considering the spice. Spice hits at the back of tounge. Smells of caramel.