Jefferson's Very Small Batch Bourbon

Jefferson's Very Small Batch Bourbon

(0.75l, 41.2%)


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$33.99
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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.

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spicy
caramel
woody
honey
pecan
pie
cake
biscuit
vanilla
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Light bronze

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Classic Bourbon notes with caramel, honey, vanilla, and mild spice.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Pecan pie, light caramel, spice cake.

Finish
Long and "woody" with shortbread biscuits.
Ratings & Reviews
Richard
Richard,
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
 
Mark
Mark,
6.5/10 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.
 
Katelyn
Katelyn,
smooth light. flaky - tends to leave the party early. Big smoker.
 
John
John,
Very smooth to the pallet. Highly recommend
 
Michael
Michael,
Light and smooth
 
John
John,
Smooth, easy drinking whiskey
 
JANICE
JANICE,
Very smooth easy drinking whiskey.
 
Chris
Chris,
My go to. Very similar to Buffalo Trace.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
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
 
Rich
Rich,
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.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Good smooth bourbon but nothing in particular sets it apart from the rest. Would rate it slightly better than Makers.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Smooth and mellow. Nice taste, nice price. A good solid bourbon. It stands up to ice but it is better neat.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Spicy with a nice caramel/honey balance.
 
David
David,
Easy to drink, caramel sweet but not too sweet, not too complex but not boring. A pretty mellow one worth trying
 
Matt
Matt,
Good bite off the top, but pretty average.
 
Laura
Laura,
Solid, nice caramel notes
 
Stefanos
Stefanos,
Nice spice and caramel flavor. Better dry
 
guest
guest,
Not very memorable.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
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.
 
Paul
Paul,
Not my flavor palette. Not bad but not something that I would search out.
 
Alex
Alex,
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.
 
Tyson
Tyson,
Really surprised by this. Didn’t do much for me at first but leveled up after a while. Really nice.
 
Eric
Eric,
Great! Perfect sipping Bottle.
 
Jason
Jason,
smooth with a caramel flavor
 
Elizabeth
Elizabeth,
very smooth!
 
Michael
Michael,
Spicy
 
Eric
Eric,
Enjoyed with a nice cigar. Great smell, easy finish, not too many distinct flavors
 
John
John,
My favorite bourbon so far. Great depth.
 
Brett
Brett,
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.
 
Dain
Dain,
Very smooth, good taste, really enjoyed it and will keep a bottle on hand.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
I think this is the one Jeff always had got me. Will have to investigate next time at store.
 
John
John,
Very smooth, good taste, enjoyed it while it lasted.
 
Rene
Rene,
Great taste and smooth for the price but the ocean is still my favorite
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Smooth and sweet
 
Sean
Sean,
Great taste and smooth af... it’s great for the price and I believe it can hang with some of the higher end bourbons.
 
Raymond
Raymond,
not a lot of flavor, smooth
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth, nice aftertaste. Really opens up with a small splash of water.
 
Kirk
Kirk,
Very smooth, hit hard at first with a bunch of spicy flavor then quickly fades leaving a smooth burn in your throat.
 
Brittany
Brittany,
Love this. Lighter flavor. Smooth and a touch of sweetness. Will be ordering again
 
Chris
Chris,
Really a great everyday bourbon. Super smooth with a good lingering spice. Can’t beat it for the price
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
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.
 
Brett
Brett,
Very smooth going down with a nutty flavor. Will share with my family to get their thoughts.
 
Jim
Jim,
tasty, starts smooth then leaves a bite
 
guest
guest,
One of my favorites! Some say spicy but I get more sweet Carmel wood pie flavor.
 
Brad
Brad,
One the better bourbons I have had would recommend thos.
 
Brett
Brett,
Very smooth as a neat drink. Could become a favorite
 
guest
guest,
A solid sipping bourbon a little spicy with a taste of caramel and honey.
 
Sami
Sami,
I enjoyed it on the rocks, not bad to sip on.
 
Mark
Mark,
A good, straightforward bourbon that is smooth and mild with no surprises in either direction.
 
Jason
Jason,
Fantastic overall for the price
 
Adam
Adam,
Nice floral aroma. Caramel. Nothing special
 
Dan
Dan,
Very smooth and easy to drink. No burn at all
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Wonderful, very smooth taste like pecan pie. Best one for the price.
 
Houston
Houston,
Good!
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth and great every day bourbon and for the money a great value !
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Was solid. For a small batch version of bourbon I was hoping it had more of a bite.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Love the smoothness and the minor heat at the end; caramel notes are noticeable and for the price, you really can’t beat it
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Great easy drinker. Mild and smooth.
 
Clint
Clint,
Very smooth drinking, but priced too high when compared to others at the same price point.
 
Steven
Steven,
This was a very delightful and drinkable bourbon. I will be buying again. A fantastic go-to. Like velvet on the tongue.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Great everyday whisky
 
Pat
Pat,
Very smooth and tastes great!
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Wonderfully smooth and drinkable. Complex but not over powering.
 
Philip
Philip,
Nice Bourbon, lots of compliments from friends
 
JOSEPH
JOSEPH,
Just a nice above average bourbon.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
One of my favorite go-to drinks for just relaxing!
 
Samuel
Samuel,
Caramel, sweet, slightly bitey bourbon. Good stuff
 
David
David,
Solid daily go to for a sip to shut down the evening.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Very smooth but lots of character.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
Very drinkable - neat. Goes down smooth. A solid bourbon at a very reasonable price.
 
Dmitriy
Dmitriy,
Incredibly complex flavor... Amazing.
 
Andilee
Andilee,
Very smooth! Surprisingly great profile for the price.
 
Dawn
Dawn,
Love the bottle. And the taste was good. Was one of our samplings cut our Bourbon party.
 
Dane
Dane,
Solid bourbon. Picked up a mixture of red peppers, floral arrangements, and a sweet butterscotch. All together it combined for a smooth pour.
 
Dirk
Dirk,
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.
 
Troy
Troy,
A great value and an excellent bourbon
 
Jernique
Jernique,
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.
 
Dan
Dan,
Smooth taste with just enough bit makes this a must try.
 
Desiree
Desiree,
Delightful, smooth, a slight bite. A happy surprise for the reasonable price.
 
Lexi
Lexi,
This was a 30 year retirement party. The retiree absolutely loved the small batch and the bottle.
 
Mike
Mike,
Decent entry level bourbon.
 
Scott
Scott,
Spice followed by toasty oak. Smooth and enjoyable.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
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 .
 
Myke
Myke,
Spicy to the point it’s a bit too much for my preference.
 
Mateusz
Mateusz,
Hands down my favorite. Slightly spicy and silky smooth. Love it!!
 
Spencer
Spencer,
Really smooth. One of my favorite bourbons. Has a nice little kick with the finish, but not overpowering.
 
John
John,
Very smooth and has a lot of flavor. Highly recommended
 
Alison
Alison,
Smooth and oaky. Great for guests or unwinding.
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth. Easy drinking.
 
Edward
Edward,
This is a great (maybe too great) sipping whiskey. Nice mix of complexity with vanilla and spice. Very smooth throughout.
 
Rob
Rob,
Smooth and very drinkable. Great finish that is a surprise considering the super light nose.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Super smooth, needs to stand on its own.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Love this! I will definitely be purchasing this again. It is very smooth and needs no ice!
 
John
John,
Great for sipping. Smooth.
 
Wes
Wes,
Excellent!
 
Mark
Mark,
Light bourbon with an incredibly smooth finish - discovered in Indy, IN thanks to Mr T.
 
Karen
Karen,
Lovely smooth flavor with notes of cherry. This will definitely have a permanent place in my collection.
 
Blake
Blake,
it was very smooth. bottle seemed to go fast! think that says it all.
 
Art
Art,
Bought as a GIFT...THEY LOVED THE TASTE
 
Charles
Charles,
Great small batch bourbon. Easy
 
Joseph
Joseph,
A little boozey to drink straight. Great with 2 rocks
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Smooth, but the alcohol content and flavor could use a boost.
 
Chris
Chris,
Very smooth. Had a very nice flavor to it. Highly recommend you try it.
 
guest
guest,
Nice bourbon. Nothing jumps out at me as different. Smooth, kind of spicy. Overall very good.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Light, boring. Feels like it's very low proof, tastes like it's watered down heavily
 
Sean
Sean,
Very good. Strong flavor yet pretty smooth overall
 
guest
guest,
Smooth
 
guest
guest,
Fantastic bourbon.
 
Alex
Alex,
Overall smooth considering the spice. Spice hits at the back of tounge. Smells of caramel.
 
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