Jefferson's Presidential Select 30 year old, 45.2%

Price: $250 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: John Hansell

A thick, heavyweight bourbon. Older doesn't always taste older, and this 30 year old Jefferson's tastes younger than its sibling 25 year old. The influence of 30 years in oak is evident with its polished leather, tobacco, and charred oak. However, there's a surprising sweetness that props up the oak with maple syrup, blackberry jam, cinnamon roll, and vanilla cream. Very even-keeled. Yes, it tastes old, but with redeeming qualities. Dark and mysterious in personality.