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Jefferson's Ocean - Aged at Sea

Jefferson's, Crestwood, KY

Overall

9.00/ 10

Burn

 6.6/ 10

Specs

Age: 6 to 8 years

ABV:  56 % or 112 proof

Price (Oregon State): 750 ML  $87.95

(Value) Our club average value placed on this bottle was $74.00

(Flavors) burnt cherry, lavender, jasmine, lemon bars, margarin, turkey gravy, heavy charred oak, salt, brown sugar, molasses, dry purple grapes, blackberries, maple, all spice, star anise, rum, hot bread, mixed greens, pepper, apple 

(Notes) This is one of the best whiskeys I’ve ever tasted. Several of us scored it as a 10 out of 10, which is very rare for us. Jefferson’s Ocean was extremely complex and delivers a unique set of flavors from beginning to middle and finish. All of us felt like we had been on the journey with the bottle. Not only that, but the burn was so smooth that we could barely believe that it was 112 proof. It has a thick viscosity and an amazing color.

I really thought this was going to be another expensive novelty whiskey, but it is absolutely worth the price and then some. The novelty of this whiskey is that it’s actually aged on a ship. It’s actually more than just a novelty, too. Whiskey gets a large part of it’s flavor from being pushed in and out of the charred wood it sits in, and the movement of the fluid is usually caused by shifts in the barometric pressure changes in a warehouse or cellar (click this section to learn more about this).

This particular voyage crossed the equator 4 times and went through a tropical hurricane. That voyage produced what is now one of my favorite whiskeys of all time. It’s a shame there’s not more of it, and it can’t be made exactly the same ever again.

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