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Monday, May 16, 2022

OHLQ Announces Exclusive Jefferson's Reserve Limited Edition Releases

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced a collection of Jefferson's Reserve Limited Edition bottles at select OHLQ locations available the week of May 16th. The selections are single-barrel selection of Jefferson’s Reserve Old Rum Cask Finish, Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finish Single Barrel, and Jefferson’s Reserve Twin Oak Single Barrel

There are six barrels of product available exclusively in Ohio and will retail for $69.99 - $79.99 (plus tax). The selections are: 
  • Old Rum Cask Finish - 90.2 Proof - Matured in American white oak casks before being transferred into specially selected old rum casks that previously held Goslings Family Reserve for 15 additional months. 

    Barrel #2 - A mild sweet rum influence with caramelized sugar and caramelized banana on the nose. Cinnamon toast, caramel corn, vanilla extract, and almonds flavor on the palate. A long finish of baking spices, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow.

  • Twin Oak Single Barrel - 90.2 Proof - Jefferson’s exclusive “wave barrel” creates a unique environment to finish their fully mature, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The proprietary, flash-charred, toasted grooved-staves increase the surface area of the barrel allowing more bourbon to come in contact with the oak. The result is a seasoned, double-barreled whiskey that is both smooth and well-balanced.

    Barrel #30 - Aromas of butterscotch, and cherry pie with a hint of campfire. Classic baking spices up front followed quickly by notes of cinnamon cracker and toasted almonds and a hint of apple cider on the palate. Long finish of butterscotch candy, allspice, and white pepper.

    Barrel #31 - Butterscotch pie, candied cherries, and charred wood on the nose. Flavors of vanilla creme brulee, macadamia nuts, and a hint of sparkling cider on the palate. Long finish of baking spices dissipating into cinnamon candy.

  • Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finish Single Barrel - 90.2 Proof - This is Jefferson's bourbon aged an additional 12 months in French Oak casks that once matured Pritchard Hill® Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Barrel #79 - Stone fruit, blackberry, and baking chocolate on the nose. Black cherry, Medjool dates, dried lemons on the palate. Lingering finish of stone fruits and cherry tart.

    Barrel #80 - Sweet aromas of vanilla smoke with peach cobbler. Flavors of cherry pie, orange rind, and fresh-baked buttered rolls on the palate. Long smoky finish of baked fruit pies and maple.

    Barrel #81 - Aromas of toasted sourdough with cinnamon and sugar, opening to flavors of dark cherries and oatmeal cookie dough, finishing with lingering warm baking spices.
You can check out inventory at this link

My Take

One of my perceptions of Jefferson's is that some of their stuff can be a bit gimmicky. Especially the aged at sea. It's a fun concept, but the results that I've tasted don't back up the effort involved to create the different variations. The Prichard Hill and Old Rum seem like they are the next iteration of this. I'm going to do a hard pass on both of those. The one I would be excited about would be the Twin Oak Single Barrel... but even that is slightly confusing... if it's single barrel... why are they calling it a double barrel in the description? Is it the same barrel that is messed with and then reapplied to the same barrel? It's definitely confusing. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comment box below.  

Source: OHLQ

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