American Whiskey - Bourbon

Jefferson's 8yr Very Small Batch Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    490 / 858
    Rabble Rating
    3.9 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $35
    Proof
    83.0

Rating Description

Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Proof66 Notes

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.)

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2007
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  • 2012

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2007
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  • 2012
  • 2013

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This bottle has 7 ratings and 7 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (70) (2015-03-14)
My local ABC store decided to upgrade their bourbon section, much to my delight. This is my first selection from the new products. Love the bottle and heavy wooden stopper. If it matters, it is bottle 0842 from batch #449. Surprised by the light color since this is an 8 Year Bourbon. Nose is not complex, but nice. Toasted marshmallow. Enters mildly sweet. Slight citrus with a pleasant oaky aftertaste with a little tingling peppery spice. Mild and smooth. Easy drinking. Would be a great beginners bourbon. Drop in a couple ice cubes and the nose and palate pick up a touch of dried apricot and tobacco. That was a first for me. However it smooths it out way too much. Goes from a sipper to a gulper (which could be dangerous). I definitely recommend this one Neat. I agree with Professor Cocktail that this is a one note bourbon, but it's a note that I apparently really like. This was on the shelf for $30, but rang up for $27. For that price, it just ekes out a 5th star.
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Muncher Muncher (192) (2014-03-22)
So far I've really liked everything in Jefferson's range. A tasty, easy drinking bourbon. Delicate though, so don't add water or ice or you'll water it down too much. Would really like to try this spirit at 45, or better yet, 50% abv.
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spezbaby spezbaby (26) (2014-03-14)
Easy drinking
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derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-03-04)
It goes down pretty easy, but it's not very memorable. I probably wouldn't purchase it but I would gladly drink it if someone else was offering.
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (55) (2014-02-23)
I'd give it 3.5 stars if I were able. Its only not bad. Very nice, smooth taste with very smooth aftertase. Reminds me of Woodford Reserve. Woodford is better though. Just like Woodford, don't splash this with water..water kills it. Its very worthy, but you could do better for the price.
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ProfessorCocktail ProfessorCocktail (48) (2012-09-29)
A faint, slightly fruity aroma leads to a smooth taste that uncurls in your mouth. The flavor ends up woody and oily, more reminiscent of Scotch than bourbon. Better than average, but a little too one-note. For more reviews, including the results of our bourbon taste tests, please visit ProfessorCocktail.com.
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mixologist1 mixologist1 (6) (2011-06-11)
Honestly, this is an incredible beginner bourbon. Probably the best. Its isnt priced too high and is actually subtle enough to challenge someones pallets. Very smooth bodied with a light finish. Its handles well with a bit of ice it. Pour a glass and enjoy the slow, smooth ride.
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