Tuesday, July 9, 2013

DRINK LIKE A PATRIOT: A review of Jefferson's Straight Rye Whiskey

The bottle is simple:  no label, just a profile of the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.  Aged 10 years with a proof of 94, it looks very promising.  As most good American boozehounds know, Jefferson (as well as many of the founding fathers) distilled his own booze.  One hopes that this lovely rye is based on Jefferson’s own recipe.

Sadly, it is not.  Jefferson’s is only 15 years old, and they take their inspiration from the head writer of the Declaration of Independence, not his recipe.  According to their website, they experimented with several methods (just like Jefferson would have, considering his scientific mind) before arriving at the four beverages that make up their company.

The distiller must be a man of good taste, because this booze isn’t fucking around.  The burn hits you right away, and it doesn’t relent, not even when it scorches the inside of your stomach.  Its potency hits immediately, too.  It has a slight Larceny taste to it, somewhere between Larceny and Wild Turkey 101.  It’s a sipping whiskey, for sure.  Take your time, take it easy, and Jefferson will treat you well.  Your hangover won’t even be so bad.  But swill this down like it was any ol’ slop, and there will be a bloody revolution in your guts.  If you love whiskey, and if you love rye in particular, this is one of the best.  Pick it up NOW.

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