The story of Jefferson’s Reserve Old Rum Cask Finish Bourbon starts in Kentucky. First the company purchased Kentucky straight bourbon that was aged for eight years. Later, the bourbon was put into Gosling’s Rum barrels and left there for 15 months of further aging before bottling.
These rum barrels have their own story as well. They were initially used for aging bourbon for four years. After that, they housed the award wining Gosling’s Family Reserve Old Rum – the Rum of The Year by The Caribbean Journal in 2012 – for 16 years before being sent to Jefferson’s.~distillery notes
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Founded in 1997, Jefferson's is the brainchild of Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a famed bourbon historian. They were continuing a family tradition that goes back to Trey's 8th generation grandmother who was arrested in 1799 for the "production and sales of spirituous liquors." To personify the brand, they chose Thomas Jefferson--known for his curiosity and experimental spirit. This is a mindset to which Trey has dedicated himself, pushing the boundaries of the definition of bourbon. Upholding tradition, yet always discovering new possibilities.