Jefferson's Rye Cognac Cask Finish

Rye

Jefferson's // USA

    Filter
    Sort
    1. dubz480

      Tasted April 16, 2021
      3.5
      3.5 out of 5 stars
      It's been a while since I have purchased a Jefferson's product. They are known for their experiments and in general poor value with great marketing. For this release, we have the first Rye in 13yrs and their first ever finished Rye! So what we have here is a Straight Kentucky Rye with a "High Rye Mashbill" that is finished in Cognac Barrels for between 8-19 months. As we have come to expect from Jefferson's we get no specific information on source or age. We can speculate that the source is most likely Old Forester as they have been known to source their Rye barrels and they are one of the few "High Rye" Kentucky Rye's. The other is EHT Rye but it's unlikely they are sourcing their barrels. It's bottled at 47% abv and is chill filtered (so is Old Forester Rye). Let's dive into the tasting... Entry is a tad bit thin but flavorful... Intitial notes are apricot, honey and vanilla... Some churros as well... Mid palate features some oak and pepper leading to a big spice filled finish... Definitely a spicy base Rye that is well complemented with this finishing. As it tapes off you get some grapey notes that linger. It's a well executed Rye that just a bit thin. I can see why they went with a higher than normal abv (they typically bottle at 45%) but honestly they probably needed to bump to 50%. The only comparable on the market is the Sagamore Cognac Finished Rye which uses a 4 yr old MGP Rye as it's base, finishes it for 8 months and bottled at 50.5% abv. Both are priced around $65 and for me the Sagamore is the superior dram (richer with a thicker mouthfeel). All in all a nice addition to the market but for the money there are plenty of better options out there (Pikesville for $20 less would be my suggestion for a Kentucky Rye).
      65.0 USD per Bottle
    2. ceedubvee

      Tasted April 16, 2021
      4.5
      4.5 out of 5 stars
    3. BeerNinjaEsq

      Tasted April 14, 2021
      4.75
      4.75 out of 5 stars
      I apologize for the length of this review. You know the first time you try A Midwinter's Night Dram and you say to yourself: "Wow. Now I understand." This aims to do the same thing for rye aged in cognac that MWND did for rye aged in port. I initially wanted to say that "it just failed to achieve the same great heights," but now I'm not so sure it falls short. It's less punchy; it's more subtle; and here I am spending far more time with this bottle than I ever intended for a mid-week review. So, yes, let me be clear, I find this to be a successful and intriguing pour, and I recommend it. Nose: So many analogies come to mind, but there are three basic components here jostling for control: smoke, citrus, and pine - and once in a fleeting while, a hint of tobacco. In the interest of full disclosure, I tasted this in a kitchen wherein I just cooked bacon, so, I'm sure that had something to do with the first thing that popped in my head... but, I kept coming back to this image of eating a citrus braised, peppery cuban style pork shoulder in a restaurant next to a cigar lounge. Alternatively, it reminded me of being in a Vietnamese restaurant being served a mixture of salt, sugar, and pepper in a small porcelain bowl with lime to accompany some roast dishes. If neither of those food analogies work for you, you might also be reminded of Pine-sol but not in bad way. In a word, the rye quality here is very bright. Don't let it sit in your glass too long though. After a while, you lose some of the citrusy, more unusual aromas and it begins to smell more and more like a normal rye. Flavor: This drinks like it was never aged in new charred oak but was just a rye mash aged in used barrels from the beginning. It immediately coats your tongue like light syrup but without the sweetness. This is the texture of cognac, and this same sensation came to mind, first and foremost, with every taste. Then, before I was ready, it transformed into rye. This is a dangerous pour. I kept coming back, sip after sip, because I wanted to understand that hint of cognac better, but it kept disappearing before I was done. I understand why other members of this group suddenly found themselves with a half-empty bottle after a very short time. All-in-all, the flavors here are muted, but in a good way. It drinks easily and leaves you reaching for more. There is a familair rye spice background that ties everything together, but it never over-asserts. In the finish, the cognac comes back, accompanied by black tea and the citrusy lime quality that I first noticed in the nose. A light, smokey, sweet tea quality remains as the finish slowly fades.
      70.0 USD per Bottle
    4. Sean-William

      Tasted April 13, 2021
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
    5. ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

      Remove ads, get access to premium features, and more with
      Distiller Pro

    6. wacki324

      Tasted April 13, 2021
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
      Mellow rye flavor with a sweetness
    7. carlschmidt74

      Tasted April 10, 2021
      1.0
      1.0 out of 5 stars
      Spice like a rye but tastes soapy to me. I don’t care for it.
    8. Damon-Miller

      Tasted April 9, 2021
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
      69.0 USD per Bottle
      Debs Liquor
    9. atillman

      Tasted April 7, 2021
      3.0
      3.0 out of 5 stars
    10. njbourbondrinker

      Tasted April 7, 2021
      4.75
      4.75 out of 5 stars
    11. jenmo42

      Tasted April 4, 2021
      4.75
      4.75 out of 5 stars
      Lucky enough to find this at a random stop at our local store. Picked up immediately despite some hit and miss with other Jefferson lines. Nose: a light nose... Maybe pit fruits? Apricot and vanilla. Sweet and approachable. Taste: the cognac makes an impact. Gives it a nuttiness reminiscent of a chestnut cask. I still get the apricot vibe, with just a hint of that chocolate others are picking up. Beautiful mouthcoat and a full rich creamy profile more typical to a bourbon than a rye. Finish: slight tingle on the tongue. Medium finish that lingers, but no burn. Impressions: Wow. I like this a lot. I think the balance of flavors are spot on. The rye spice is there (which I prefer), but it's not the only note. It sips like a high end whiskey to me, and for $60 is a welcome bottle. I would buy it again without hesitation if I found it.
    Results 1-10 of 20 Tastes
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Remove ads, get access to premium features, and more with
Distiller Pro

You may also like