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Jefferson’s Presidential Select Review

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

1970s Cabin Still – Group Review – Part II

Yesterday we brought you Part I of a very fun group review of some 1970s dusties, organized by Josh from The Whiskey Jug. Together with Josh of the Coopered Tot, Steve (Sku) of Sku’s Recent Eats,  Aaron of It’s Just The Booze Dancing, and Patrick (a.k.a “Pops”) of Bourbon and Banter, we started with a side-by-side of current the Old Crow, made by Jim Beam, and a 1970s National Distillers’ bottling.

Today, we’re on to…

Part II – Cabin, Still?

In the 1960s, (Old) Cabin Still was a respected brand of the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery, brought into the fold by Pappy Van Winkle. But in 1972, as Josh Feldman tells in a great Coopered Tot post, tragedy struck:

Then a huge corporation, Norton Simon, that had been clumsily dabbling in bourbon, found themselves in a jam with a bunch of bad whiskey they couldn’t sell, so they bought Stitzel-Weller so they could gradually dump the boondoggle failure whiskey into their bottom of the line Old Cabin Still brand.  This ruined the whiskey – effectively murdering the brand.

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