Today’s review is of Jefferson’s 10 year-old rye whiskey, sourced from Alberta Distillers in Canada. Alberta Distillers has become famous for their rye, with Whistle Pig and Masterson’s garnering positive reviews along with the Jefferson’s rye. As with their bourbons, there is no Jefferson’s Distillery that is distilling the whiskey sold under the Jefferson’s label. However, they have certainly gained a reputation for bottling some very good whiskey, despite the fact that all Jefferson’s is doing is bottling the juice. Jefferson’s is made from a 100% rye mash-bill, is 10 years old and bottled at 94 proof (47% abv).
On the nose, this is a classic rye whiskey, with big, straight-forward rye bread, a little vanilla, evergreen, pine sap, and a little black licorice. The palate is full-bodied and rye all the way through. There are notes of rye spice, rye bread, pine needles, oak, spearmint, and vanilla extract. The finish is medium in length, with some lingering evergreen notes and vanilla flavors.
Overall, this is a wonderful rye whiskey that really hits the mark if you are a lover of rye whiskey. It definitely performs well at its price point, especially considering that some of the other ryes from Alberta Distillers are twice the price of Jefferson’s. It is sharp, spicy, full-bodied, and full of wonderful rye character. My grade: B+. Price: $35-40/750ml. If you are in the mood for a good rye, look no further than this one (and it won’t break the bank, either).