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Jefferson’s Ocean Spray Bourbon Review

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Then, somebody had the bright idea to compete with vodka in its own space. Instead of vodka and cranberry juice, they marketed bourbon and cranberry.Fred Minnick, Wall Street Journal-Bestselling Author, Bourbon Curator & Taster, Ascot-Wearer in Chief
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Jefferson's Ocean Spray Voyage


NOSE: Maple Syrup  |  Deep Cherry  | Pumpkin Pie Spice

TASTE: Orange Zest  |  Peat  |  Faint Tartness

FINISH: Very round, with a hint of rubber galoshes. It certainly lingers: it doesn’t burn, but it also doesn’t fade.

SHARE WITH: Anyone suffering from a UTI. Your relative who loves the out-of-the-can cranberry sauce.

WORTH THE PRICE: Considering bottles from this coveted collab are destined straight for secondary, it all depends on how desperate you are for an Ocean vertical and you could never break that chain. However, if you have any dreams you’d like to sell, it may be worth it.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: If you don’t love this now, you will never love it again, as this bottle could easily be the eighth wonder.

OVERALL: Jefferson’s has done it again and just in time for the holidays! Never was there a more perfect release that pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner.

The gentle tartness of the palate will blend perfectly with the salinity of a well-brined turkey, and especially one with a crisp, fried skin. Not a meat eater? Not to fear, Jefferson’s Ocean Spray also complements the nutty/salty flavor circus of a traditional green bean casserole, and even helps cut the sweetness of a marshmallow-topped sweet potato dish. Regardless of your favorite Thanksgiving side, Jefferson’s Ocean Spray is its best liquid companion. This release gleans its versatility in flavor from long days bobbing gently atop the bog waters, receiving only gentle nudges from both cranberry harvesters and the Massachusetts crisp air alike.

Have a relative who is more a vodka drinker? I challenge them to give this  a try! Substitute Jefferson’s Ocean Spray for vodka in a traditional Cosmo and watch their delight as they discover a new favorite. Darren Star has returned to relevancy not just via his Netflix hit Emily in Paris, but through this nod to his original smash hit Sex & the City. Funny story: it was actually a SATC marathon that gave Trey Zoeller the idea for this innovative collaboration.

In Season 4, he saw how leading lady Carrie Bradshaw attempts to order a Cosmo alongside a cheeseburger and large fry from the McDonald’s drive-thru window. “If only Carrie could have a drink that truly complemented such a classic Americana meal,” Zoeller wondered. Fat and salt pair perfectly with the corn sweetness and barrel caramel notes of bourbon, so why couldn’t she also quench her Cosmo fix? With just an essence of Ocean Spray cranberry, gleaned from the iconic bogs in which they grow, exactly this was possible. So who knows? Maybe in Season 2, we could see Emily order a steak frites and a Jefferson’s Ocean Spray as a nod to the Star protagonist who came before her.

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Disclaimer: Jefferson's Bourbon did not provide Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review because it is as real as the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, & that Lusty Claw is actually sourced from Stitzel Weller. It's a joke damnit!. However, we do appreciate their sense of humor and willingness to take part in our parody efforts. Thank you.

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Born and raised in the Bluegrass, Erin Petrey has always held an affinity for her home state’s signature spirit: Bourbon. Throughout her world travels (34 countries and counting!), Erin delights in spreading the gospel of Bourbon across the globe, from Spain to Korea and even here at home in the Nation’s Capital, where she also serves on the board of the Kentucky Society of Washington. Frequently, she can be seen giving advice to unsuspecting customers in Bourbon aisles, usually recommending one of her favorite varieties, such as Russell’s Reserve and Elmer T. Lee. Always up for an adventure, Erin also enjoys kayaking, Science Fiction, Craft Beer, and traveling everywhere possible.
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Born and raised in the Bluegrass, Erin Petrey has always held an affinity for her home state’s signature spirit: Bourbon. Throughout her world travels (34 countries and counting!), Erin delights in spreading the gospel of Bourbon across the globe, from Spain to Korea and even here at home in the Nation’s Capital, where she also serves on the board of the Kentucky Society of Washington. Frequently, she can be seen giving advice to unsuspecting customers in Bourbon aisles, usually recommending one of her favorite varieties, such as Russell’s Reserve and Elmer T. Lee. Always up for an adventure, Erin also enjoys kayaking, Science Fiction, Craft Beer, and traveling everywhere possible. Read Erin's full profile.