The principal author of the Declaration of Independence and one of the greatest Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson was elected the third President of the United States in 1800. During his tenure, Jefferson authorized the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, dispatched Lewis and Clark westward in order to explore the remainder of the continent and repealed the Whisky Excise Tax.
After Jefferson retired from public office in 1815, he often tended to the garden that he had cultivated on his Monticello estate. At the time, it was customary for wealthy farmers, including Jefferson, to distill the excess grains they harvested from their farms into spirits (George Washington was one of the country’s largest distillers of rye whiskey). As a result, each farmer’s spirits were unique and reflected the local terroir of their farm. The Jefferson’s brand pays homage to Jefferson and the exquisite whiskey he distilled.
Jefferson’s Reserve Old Rum Cask Finish Bourbon was first aged in new American oak barrels for approximately eight years before being extra-matured in ex-rum barrels from Gosling’s Family Reserve for an additional fifteen months. Gosling’s is a high-caliber rum producer out of Bermuda that is particularly well-known for using ex-bourbon barrels to age their rum! These special barrels give Jefferson’s Reserve Old Rum Cask Finish Bourbon its unique and robust characteristics.
As a result of this unique aging process, the bourbon has an aroma of bananas, vanilla, and almond, leading to a palate of salt, spiced rum, maple, and dried fruits. The long finish leaves the taste of cereal grains lingering on the tongue.