Veteran Bourbon Review: Jefferson’s Single Barrel


Sourced (Blend of up to 4 Kentucky Straight Bourbons)

Mash bill





100 Proof


$55 (2023)

Official Product Website

History – Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon, a cornerstone of the illustrious Jefferson’s Bourbon brand, boasts a storied history intertwined with the rich tapestry of American whiskey craftsmanship. Founded by Trey Zoeller in 1997, Jefferson’s Reserve stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of bourbon in the United States, and its history is a testament to innovation and tradition.

Jefferson’s Bourbon, including the celebrated Jefferson’s Reserve, finds its roots in the heart of Kentucky, a state renowned for its bountiful corn crops and limestone-filtered water. The bourbon-making tradition in this region dates back to the late 18th century, making it a cradle of American whiskey production. This historical backdrop provided the perfect environment for the emergence of a brand like Jefferson’s, which aimed to preserve and advance the art of bourbon craftsmanship.

The brand’s visionary founder, Trey Zoeller, was driven by a profound connection to the bourbon industry, rooted in his family’s heritage. His passion for whiskey led him to embark on a journey that combined the best of the old and new. Trey’s commitment to embracing tradition while pushing the boundaries of innovation is a defining characteristic of Jefferson’s Bourbon. Jefferson’s Reserve, a true masterpiece of this vision, exemplifies this harmonious blend by uniquely aging and marrying various bourbons, ensuring a complex and refined flavor profile.

Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon is aged for an average of eight to twelve years, far longer than many standard bourbons. This extended aging period allows for a deep and nuanced flavor development. Bottled at 100 proof (50% alcohol by volume), it strikes a balance that appeals to bourbon connoisseurs. This has established Jefferson’s Reserve as a highly sought-after and revered bourbon in the world of American whiskey.

Trey Zoeller’s relentless pursuit of innovation has given rise to unique expressions within the Jefferson’s Bourbon family. Jefferson’s Ocean, for instance, takes the aging process to the sea, resulting in distinct maritime characteristics. The brand’s Presidential Select line offers limited and prestigious releases that cater to collectors and enthusiasts. These groundbreaking approaches have solidified Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon’s status as a true innovator in the whiskey industry. Let’s dig in!

Value – I think this was a great price for the flavor profile it brings to the table. It is valued accurately.

Appearance – Beautiful bottle

Nose – Apple Wood / Mint / Ginger / Cinnamon

Palate – Pecan / Dry / Sweet / Pancake Batter

Finish – Smoke / Piney / Pear / Long

Summary – The brand’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship, along with its dedication to preserving and evolving the traditions of American bourbon production, has earned it a cherished place among whiskey aficionados. Each bottle of Jefferson’s Reserve offers a premium and distinctive whiskey experience that continues to captivate the palates of those seeking a taste of American whiskey history blended with visionary innovation.

“Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon is not just a whiskey; it’s a testament to the fusion of tradition and innovation in the world of bourbon.

Andrew Workman

Uniqueness- 1-10 – 7

Appearance- 1-10 – 10

Nose- 1-20 – 15

Palate- 1-20 – 12

Finish- 1-20 – 11

Value- 1-20 – 12



Reviewed by:

Andrew Workman on 10/19/2023

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