American Whiskey - Bourbon
Jefferson's 8yr Very Small Batch Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
McLain & Kyne was founded by Trey Zoeller, who claims ancestry with the McLain family, themselves bourbon distillers as far back as the 18th century. This label is owned by Castle Brands after the purchase the company in October of 2007. Much of their whiskey appears to be sourced from Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana (LDI) before bottling and blending by McLain.
This distillery is extremely proud of its very small batches that are handcrafted using only "indigenous" grains. They claim the master distiller select only 8-12 barrels of whiskey for blending this bourbon.
Jefferson's bourbon is an 8yr bourbon aged in a "metal warehouse" to "accentuate the extreme temperatures that Kentucky is blessed with." (That is, the temperatures expand and contract the whiskey in the barrel promoting contact with the oak.)
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