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A superb bourbon, distilled from wheat in the fall of 1991, and aged in Stitzel-Weller Barrels. This is aged for 18 years and bottled in numbered batches, and has that same soft wheaty sweetness that is present in the other Jefferson's bourbons. A fantastic whisky which John Hansell rated 93 points!
Nose: Spicy on the nose with hints of bramble leaves, nougat, custard and ginger.
Palate: Very buttery and spicy with notes of oak, pine resin, cinnamon, nutmeg, stem ginger in syrup, astonishingly creamy vanilla and a litlte berry fruit.
Finish: Good length and body, with tangy oak and buttery toffee.
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Those in the know will tell you that Stitzel-Weller made some damn good bourbon. Those that drank SW made "Old-Fitz" back in the day know what excellent bourbon tastes like. This is the remainder of that stock. The owners of the Jefferson's brand were lucky enough to buy a large amount BEFORE all the hype and marketing genius of the Van Winkles. This bourbon is fantastic and you'll be lucky to find a bottle. This could also be called "Pappy 18". The nose is pure caramel, banana and a hint of wood spice. It is best to let sit in the glass for 20min and open up before drinking. In a collection of over 500 bourbons, this is in the top 5.
10th January 2014
For the reviewer above who compared the Jefferson 18 Year Presidential Select to a Macallan 18 and Johnnie Walker Gold (which I really like), this is a bourbon and those are fine Scotches, you really can't compare them. As a bourbon this is awesome, apparently using bourbon from Stitzer Weller casks, same as some older Pappy Van Winkle bottles. Great stuff, gentle sipping bourbon whiskey that needs no ice or water. A luxurious bourbon experience and one that I will gladly enjoy again. I hope to find more than the 3 bottles I purchased, but it doesn't look like there are any more :(
25th February 2013
Pour a lowball and give it 10 minutes and this is the richest bourbon I have had. This is the wheated whiskey King, I would take Jefferson 18 over any year Pappy any day! Stock up if you can. And yeah, not sure if you can rate it next to Mac or JW. I would compare it to Very Very Old Fitzgerald or Pappy 15 but better than both.
12th February 2013
This is a superb BOURBON indeed. Comparing it to a blend like JW is a joke and Macallan, though quite good, is a totally different drink. If you like sherried barley whiskey, drink a Macallan (or Glendronach, Glenfarclas, Aberlour, etc). If you are naive and only swear by Scotch, then stay away. However, if you are a more experienced whiskey drinker or just a bourbon fan, this is just about the best you can find on a frequent basis (in other words, if you can't wait for the one day a year you can buy a Pappy Van Winkle or George T. Stagg, etc). My brother and I have stocked up on quite a few bottles of this, in case of an emergency, until the Stitzel-Weller distillery starts spitting out more of their reserves. Buying in the states though is better. Only 60% of the UK price. Still grab it if you can.
18th January 2013
JW and macallan are completely different from this (superb) 18 year bourbon
16th December 2012
I use Johnny Walker Gold Label and The Macallan 18 (sherry oak) as a reference points. This was somewhere inbetween taste wise.Complex and lean, but with some kind of unpleasant taint. (I bought a sample, not a bottle)/Joakim
3rd December 2012
The dominant flavours on the palate for me were toffee, cinnamon and oak. A long, satisfying finish too which lingers beautifully. This got me really switched onto bourbons as up until I tried this, it had been Buffalo Trace and Jim Beam. The difference in quality is stark - but it costs!
26th June 2012