If you’ve been reading the blog for a year or so now you’ll know that once in a while I’ll review a whiskey that isn’t bourbon. And if you’ve been paying attention you’ll also know that it’s usually Irish whiskey that I’ll wander off and explore a bit. Of course, if you know me really, really well you’ll know that I really have no experience with Irish whiskey that justifies me writing a review that someone might actually read and use for advice. So by all counts I should probably stay away from writing another Irish whiskey review, but then again, when I first started out writing about bourbon I really didn’t have any formal experience to build upon. In other words, you’ve got to start somewhere. And since the folks at Castle Brands were kind enough to send me a variety of Irish whiskey samples from their portfolio it’s my duty to try them out and report back to all of you on my findings. But beware, I’m no expert on Irish whiskey so be cautious with how much you trust my tasting notes. Continue Reading →
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Earlier this week I reviewed Jefferson’s Bourbon Presidential Select 25 Year Old after receiving some tasting samples from Castle Brands in January. As part of that sample shipment I was lucky enough to also receive a sample of Presidential Select 30 Year Old. It’s not everyday you get to taste a 30-year-old bourbon and I’ve been pretty excited about cracking it open and diving in headfirst. Now that I’ve gotten the JPS 25 year Old review completed and posted it’s time to see if it’s older brother can deliver the goods.
But before we get into my official review we need to once again visit the official press release issued by Jefferson’s Bourbon about their newest Presidential Select releases:
Castle Brands is proud to introduce two new groundbreaking bourbons, Jefferson’s Presidential Select 25 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Jefferson’s Presidential Select 30 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the latest additions to its line of “Ridiculously Small Batch” whiskies and the Presidential Suite (Jefferson’s Bourbon, Jefferson’s Reserve, Jefferson’s Presidential Select and Jefferson’s Rye). Both bourbons are aged in new oak barrels and bottled at 94 proof (47% ABV). Inspired by its namesake Founding Father, these mature and exceptionally full-bodied aged bourbons were released nationally in November 2013.
“Keeping in line with our mantra, Very Uncommon Bourbon, we wanted to push the envelope and create bourbons with ages that the market hasn’t seen before,” says Jefferson’s founder and whiskey maker Trey Zoeller. “We’re excited to be able to offer U.S. consumers these unprecedented, craft whiskies that exceeded our expectations in terms of flavor and complexity.”
Applying the “Ridiculously Small Batch” process developed exclusively for his successful line of whiskies and ryes, Zoeller combed through barrels of aged whiskey in his library before settling on the right components for both bourbons. Jefferson’s Presidential Select 25 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey has an amber to burnt orange hue with scents of caramel, maple and toffee. On the palate, upfront notes of soft honey and vanilla are followed by a rich, buttery mouth feel finishing with spice and leather. In contrast, Jefferson’s Presidential Select 30 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a deep dark color with thick legs and rich scents of vanilla and butterscotch. It is surprisingly refreshing on the palate offering first a mix of sweet and spicy followed by caramel and finishing with notes of blackberry. Whether enjoyed in a classic Manhattan, on the rocks or neat, these offerings embody a presidential combination of age, purity and strength. Continue Reading →
Back in December 2013, Jefferson’s Bourbon put out an official statement announcing the release of their latest bottling – Presidential Select 25 Year Old and Presidential Select 30 Year Old. Based on Master Blender Trey Zoeller’s “luck” in finding older barrels of bourbon for bottling, and my previous experience with the brand, I knew that I wanted to get my hands on some tasting samples to see how these new releases would compare to their recent Presidential Select 21 Year Old release and their extremely popular Presidential Select 18 Year Old.
If you read my review of Presidential Select 21 Year Old you know that it fell short of my expectations and lacked the flavor profile of what I tend to look for in a well-aged bourbon. While I didn’t really care for it, especially at its price point, several folks contacted me and let me know how much they enjoyed the 21 Year Old release and shared how they were buying up as many bottles as they could find. Well aware that my opinion is nothing more than my own, the goal of this review – as with all of my reviews – is to provide you with some information and context around the product while sharing my opinion on whether or not it lives up to the marketing promise and is worth the purchase price. Continue Reading →
It’s amazing what can happen overnight. I recorded our Jim Beam Single Barrel bourbon review on Sunday night, January 12th, and went to bed thinking about the long history of the Jim Beam brand and how they’ve worked hard over the years to bring American bourbon everyone around the world. I then woke up on Monday morning to the news that Suntory was purchasing Beam for an estimated $16 billion dollars. Holy crap!
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