- DISTILLER: Jefferson's Bourbon
- MASH BILL: 77% Corn | 13% Rye | 10% Malted Barley (unconfirmed)
- AGE: Non-Age Stated but rumored to be 4-6 years old
- YEAR: 2023
- PROOF: 80 (40% ABV)
- MSRP: $40
NOSE: Kohl's Flannel | Freshly Ground Clove | Pure Vibes
TASTE: Gentle Maple | Warm Cinnamon-Sugar-Duster Apple Cider Donuts | Late Stage Capitalism
FINISH: Salty caramel that melts into that wax-paper-enveloped mystery candy your old folks neighbors gave out, and we still can’t quite figure out why they were always half oozed out of their wrappers. And then it closes with just a gentle whisper of that unshakable desire to go out of your way to step on that very crunchy-looking leaf only to realize that the leaf was, in fact, rather damp and in no way crispy.
SHARE WITH: Your favorite basic bitch. Preferably in an apple orchard, pumpkin patch, or corn maze. It is especially apt to enjoy while perched atop a hay ride. Perfect for featuring in your Tinder profile pic to attract the ladies to lure in a Q4 cuffing season situationship.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: I really don’t think you can go wrong with this bottle. Whether you’re embracing your inner white girl or are just one of those adults who is way too into Halloween, this bottle is not to be missed. If you can snag a bottle, definitely do it! Enjoy alongside your candy corn while doling out sweets on the 31st or proudly display on your coffee bar next to your vast collection of HomeGoods “Live, Laugh, Love” and “Fall, Y’all” wood cutouts.
OVERALL: Whether you like it or not, Pumpkin Spice is a flavor phenomenon that is here to stay. Forged in the corporate marketing fire of Pike Place, the Pumpkin Spice Latte debuted at Starbucks in 2003. Today, Pumpkin Spice products account for nearly $1T in sales of products ranging from the snacky (hummus, Pringles, Twinkies) to the scatological (Poo-Purri, butt wipes) to the downright stupefying (engagement rings, caviar). But soon to join the ranks of the Pumpkin-Spiced potpourri is something near and dear to our bourbon-loving hearts: Jefferson’s Pumpkin Patch.
On the heels of their Tropics release and to usher out the summer, Jefferson’s Pumpkin Patch delivers a warm, spicy hug to usher in the fall season. As a white woman, I see no limit to the number of products that can be spiced with the essence of pumpkin and autumnal baking flavors, so I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to review this new release.
And oh, Charlie Brown, the Great Pumpkin has indeed arrived! Wow. I cannot imagine anything better to sip on while taking selfies in front of a hay wall and holding a quirky-looking fantasy pumpkin. If cheugy were a flavor, Jefferson’s just bottled it.
Jefferson’s continues to outdo itself in finding new and innovative ways of harnessing ambient flavors and imbuing them into their whiskey to deliver a truly special experience that transports the drinker to a special time and place while quaffing. When asked about the impetus for this newest release, Trey Zoeller, Founder and Master Blender for the brand and avid equestrian, said he was inspired to craft these seasonally-inspired flavor journeys during the pandemic.
“One day during the fall of 2020, I was riding one of my beloved horses when the undeniable scent of pumpkin pie spice wafted across the field. It was the first time I found myself grinning uncontrollably since the beginning of the pandemic. I thought, ‘nature must be healing,’ I wanted to share that warmth and joy with Jefferson’s fans everywhere, whether they were cooped up inside or sitting at a bar.”
“Jefferson’s Pumpkin Patch offers a transformative experience that we endeavor to infuse into each installment of the Voyages series,” continued Zoeller, who was recently inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame. “I realized I wanted to make something that brought joy to the face of everyone, not just the hardcore bourbon bros. After all, bourbon is for everyone, no matter how basic they may be.”
NOSE: Baking spices, notably ginger and nutmeg. Light roast espresso.
FLAVOR: Creamy squash, allspice dram, Iight molasses, touch of sweet hay.
FINISH: A Kentucky hug filled with warm cinnamon, ribbed for her pleasure.
It cannot be denied that Pumpkin Spice has become an inextricable part of the modern American gustatory zeitgeist. Pumpkin Spice is not just a melange of common baking flavors but the defining flavor experience of a generation. We are proud to celebrate this unique flavor experience with an equally distinctive whiskey, aged and finished in the playful Jefferson’s way discerning drinkers across the globe have come to love and respect.
Jefferson’s will also offer a limited edition line of fall-inspired clothing to accompany the special whiskey release, so you can look the part while drinking this expression. The carefully curated capsule collection will include branded offerings ranging from wide-brimmed felt hats, pumpkin-hued plaid blanket scarves, and unique Glencairn glasses dipped in candy-corn-colored wax.
At Jefferson’s, we constantly seek to surprise and delight our loyal whiskey drinkers who, with each dram, seek to explore new flavor destinations and experiences. We are thrilled to introduce this latest seasonal addition to the Jefferson’s Voyages family, which will thrill the palates of our existing fans and entice new ones. We can’t wait to show you where we’re going next.
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.