90.2 Proof, Finished in French Oak casks that had held Cabernet Sauvignon
I recently tried a terrific bourbon, Angel’s Envy, finished in port wine barrels, so I was very excited to see this finished bourbon available for tasting at a Total Wine location in Massachusetts. If Jefferson’s could also create something wonderful, then perhaps I’d have found two new favorites within a month (something which has not happened yet.)
The nose was gentle, a bit sweet, but that’s not always indicative of the taste. So let’s see…. and….. WINE?! This finished whiskey tasted more like the Cabernet Sauvignon itself. I do understand the appeal of this, for some people. But to me, this tasted like a whiskey-wine cocktail, which wasn’t what I was looking for.
Finishing, in of itself, is a useful technique. For example, Angel’s Envy did pick up some port wine flavor, but that only subtly altered the whiskey, without overpowering it. My advice to Jefferson’s would be to continue their experiments in finished whiskies, but cut the amount of finishing time in half. Finally, the price is ridiculous. Regular Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Bourbon is $31, but this was $70, an unjustifiable price for the few months of extra aging, even if for someone who would really enjoy it.