Jefferson’s 10 YO Rye, Batch 11

Jefferson's 10 RyeThis is a 100% rye from an unnamed Canadian source. This source is thought by many to be Alberta Distillers, who are also the source of the similarly 100% rye bottled as Whistlepig in Vermont. This is at a lower proof at 45%. I have now exhausted my knowledge on the subject, so let’s get straight to the review.

Jefferson’s 10 Year Rye (47%; Batch 11; from a sample received in a swap)

Nose: Quite sweet with pine and dill. Some toasted oak right below along with some cool mint. With another minute or so of air I’m getting some maple syrup and some caramel. The oak gets quite perfumed as it sits and the dill and pine intensify. Water brings out some nice cereally notes.

Palate: Very much as on the nose at first. The wood is a little more present and I’m not getting the darker sweet notes–it’s all about the pine and the sharp/cool herbs. Nice mellow texture. With some time the wood begins to get sharper. 15-20 minutes later it’s mellowed again and now it’s much sweeter with a hint of chocolate as well. Nothing interesting with water.

Finish: Medium-long. Herbal at first with the mint dominating and sweeter later.

Comments: This is rather nice. At first I liked the nose a lot more than the palate but I’m glad I gave it time as the palate came around as well. I don’t know if this is still around, and is still more or less the same spirit (this is the problem with NDP—non-distiller produced—whiskies) but if so, I might look for a bottle.

Rating: 87 points.

5 thoughts on “Jefferson’s 10 YO Rye, Batch 11

  1. Sadly they’ve since dropped the ‘distilled in Canada’ labeling, which suggests that they either already have or are leaving the option open to switching to other sources.

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      • Anchor Distilling’s line of ryes are all or almost all 100% malted rye. But other than that, I think that you’d have to look north of the border. Even then, most Canadian whiskies will only be flavoured with rye over a wheat and corn base. Try any of the official Alberta Distillers bottlings, or Corby’s Lot no. 40 and Pike Creek expressions.

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  2. I’ve experienced some serious batch variation on Jefferson’s, so thanks for listing the batch number. The one consistent thing I’ve noticed is that it improves after it has been aired out a bit. But this batch sounds better than what I’ve tried.

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