Jefferson's Reserve Twin Oak Custom Barrel, 45.1%

Price: $80 Issue: Winter 2018 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

This nose is all dry, earthy oak, tightly wrapped in rawhide, but underneath lurks plenty of sweetness, like overripe bananas, with the slight bitterness of citrus oils or orange pekoe tea adding balance. Pleasing coffee and mocha flavors also emerge on the palate, but the oak feels poorly integrated, with a green-stick quality. Finished for 4 months in a custom grooved barrel. (42,000 bottles)