Jefferson's Presidential Select 17
Added on Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 04:52 PM
  Bottler: McLain & Kyne
  Age: 17 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 1991 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 47.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Wide
This wheated bourbon is said to have been distilled at the closed Stitzel-Weller distillery.
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Big butterscotch and cinnamon nose, you can smell it while the glass is still sitting on the table!
P: Big, sweet, dirty, and spicy.  Moderately oily.
F: More of the wheat character in the finish.
Despite the Stitzel-Weller lineage, this doesn't stand up to the legendary old bottlings, it tastes much more modern (i.e. tame).   But it's still quite tasty. 

I smell sweet, caramelized fruit, pastries and the smell you get when you first open a can of passover coconut macaroons. The flavor is rich and clean. You can tell it's an aged wheater, but it doesn't have the chewy, oakiness you would expect in a 17 year old Bourbon. It's less layered and complex than I might have imagined, going more for a clear, clean Bourbon flavor. Good balance of sweet and wood and a nice clean finish. (Batch No. 1). 

Very deep golden amber. The nose has tons of vanilla, cinnamon, light caramel and molasses. The palate was a little thin for me but had some more caramel and sweet (and bitter) oak. The finish wasn't anything to get excited about. Batch No. 4. [10/17/13] 
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