Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Jefferson Presidential 21 Bourbon
Jefferson Presidential Select 21 year old is the newest bourbon in the Jeffeson's line, a non-distiller produced bourbon owned by Castle Brands. The original Jefferson Presidential Select line of 17 and 18 year old bourbons were wheated bourbons, the first stocks of which came from Stitzel-Weller. The 21 year old, however, is a rye recipe bourbon from an undisclosed distillery.
Jefferson Presidential Select 21 year old, 47% abv, Batch 3 ($125)
The nose is very nice with lots of polished wood notes showing some serious age. The palate is very dry with oak, mint, pine and a chewy mouthfeel, though it is a little flat by late palate. The finish has menthol and pepper.
This is good stuff, though it feels a bit diluted. At cask strength, I bet it would be great. As with almost everything these days, it's hard for me to recommend this based on the price to quality ratio, but I suppose that high prices for good but not great bourbon are the new normal, and we just have to get used to that.