Producer: Jefferson’s. Distiller: Stitzel-Weller. ABV: 47%. Age: 17 years. Price: auction (Batch 1).
“A little piece of heaven” is the best way to describe the first batch of the first release of Jefferson’s Presidential Select–a 17-year-old wheater distilled the last year of operations at the famous Stitzel-Weller distillery (best known for their juice used in Pappy).
This has everything I could ever want in a bourbon. There’s just the right amount of complexity, with deep rolling layers of sweet dark fruit, candied apples, warm caramel, vanilla, and fresh butterscotch. This is all beautifully balanced within a creamy texture that reveals additional notes of new leather, old barn wood, and subtle spice.
I was lucky enough to grab two bottles of this at MSRP of $90 back when my local liquor store had it by the case. I’ve occasionally seen it on auction sites at high secondary prices, but “cheaper” than a lot of the other bourbons on there that are pumped up due to name recognition.
This one’s truly a legendary bottle that transcends almost every American whiskey that has been released over the past decade. Cheers! – JTR