Jeffersons Rye Cognac Finish Whiskey
Jeffersons tells BourbonBlog.com they are releasing the Jeffersons Rye Cognac Finish. The whiskey is scheduled to be on shelves by the end of March 2021.
This whiskey marries the spice of American Rye with the refinement of cognac. Double-barreled for at least 9 months and up to 19 months, it exemplifies Jeffersons renowned and innovative maturation techniques. Jeffersons Rye Cognac Finish It will retail at $69.99 for the 750 ml bottle and be available at venues and retail locations both in-store nationwide and online via Drizly and via ReserveBar.
The brand has been sharing the insights with BourbonBlog.com for a while about this release.
I had the opportunity to taste an early version of this whiskey and I was impressed by the bold notes of the rye against the elegant sweetness of the Cognac finish. When I interviewed Trey Zoeller and about the new single barrel release in the video below for BourbonBlog.com/live, he shared a little on this rye.
For this latest innovation, the double-barreled straight rye whiskey was fully matured prior to being finished in hand-selected Cognac casks.
Ever since the brands first rye release in 2008 was a runaway success, Jeffersons Bourbon Founder, Trey Zoeller says he has been eager to revisit the category and put his signature stamp of innovation on rye.
The Cognac finish adds complexity and depth to the typical one-dimensional character of the spice of rye whiskey
Jeffersons Rye Cognac Cask Finish
by: Kyle Swartz
Jeffersons Bourbon has announced the launch of Jeffersons Rye Cognac Cask Finish.
Debuting in March, 2021, this marks only the second rye in the brands history, the first of which was released in 2008.
Jeffersons Rye Cognac Cask Finish contains double-barreled straight rye whiskey, fully matured prior to finishing in Cognac casks for at least nine months in Kentucky.
Jeffersons Bourbon Founder Trey Zoeller worked with Cognac casks to bevel the ryes edges, round out the flavor profile and add dimension, the company says. This imparted complexities intrinsic to Cognac while maintaining a rye backbone, resulting in a spirit with spice up front, notes of orange, peach and honey.
I wanted to look at rye through a new lens and elevate it past the supporting role its commonly associated with, says Zoeller. The spirits spice and character have historically made it an ideal base for cocktails, but Jeffersons Rye Cognac Cask Finish is just as well suited for sipping.
Jeffersons Rye Cognac Cask Finish is available at venues and retail locations both in-store and online via Drizly and via ReserveBar .
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What were drinking: Jeffersons Reserve Single Barrel and Jeffersons Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Cognac Casks, both 2021 new releases
Where its from:Jeffersons Bourbon, a Kentucky distillery thats been experimenting with the maturation process of whiskey for years. As brand co-founder Trey Zoeller suggested to us a few years ago, 70-80% of the taste of bourbon comes through maturation. Which is how you end up with something like Jeffersons Ocean: Aged at Sea bourbon in small barrels loaded onto special cargo ships and sailed around the globe through different seasons, leaving a salty caramel popcorn taste thats excitingly unique.
Why were drinking this: Well, we did call Zoeller both the mad scientist of barrel-aging and Americas most inventive whiskey maker a few years ago. So when he announces new products, we listen. Then we imbibe.
The Single Barrel release is 100 proof, essentially a more robust iteration of the brands core Reserve release. The higher proof allowed us to get the most out of the flavors without an overpowering astringency, as Zoeller tells us. What you get is a nice balance of really big flavors and a great long finish that doesnt burn out your taste buds too quickly.
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Jeffersons Straight Rye Whiskey finished in Cognac Casks marries the spice of American Rye with the refinement of cognac. Double-barreled for 9 – 19 months, it exemplifies Jeffersons renowned and innovative maturation techniques. The Cognac finish adds complexity and depth to the typical one-dimensional character of the spice of rye whiskey. The typical dryness on the finish is replaced with a thick mouth feel with honey and orange. A true sipping rye whiskey.
Finished in hand-selected cognac casks for at least 9 months bringing Jeffersons signature of innovating through maturation.
94 proof higher proof than most Jeffersons releases at 90.2 proof.
Limited annual release and limited quantity produced annually.
Bottle Size: 750ml
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