Monday, July 31, 2023

Jefferson's Aged at Sea and Rocky Patel The Edge 20th Anniversary

I decided to revisit a bottle I have not pulled off the shelf in a long time. I noticed it was on getting low and was a good candidate for emptying to make room for (too many) new additions. Jeffferson's Aged at Sea Bourbon presents an interesting spin on the aging process. The Aged at Sea bourbons spend six to eight years in oak barrels which are then placed on a ship to travel the ocean for another six months or more. According to the distillery website, the series is up to 24 "voyages" currently. This particular voyage is #13, leaving Baltimore, traveling both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans with stops in the Galapagos, Singapore, Tahiti, Singapore, the UK, Belgium, and France, among others, having crossed the equator four times.

The profile of the 90 proof bourbon includes brown sugar, caramel, and faint espresso notes. Those flavors linger in a long finish. I've had this bottle for several years and noticed that the brine aspect in both the aroma and flavor I detected previously has diminished somewhat.

The Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary is a line introduced last year to mark the 20th anniversary of The Edge line of cigars. The line has grown to a number of blends and sizes and is marketed as a budget line. The celebratory 20th Anniversary is a new blend featuring a 10 year aged Ecuador Sumatra wrapper, a Honduran Broadleaf binder, with filler tobaccos from Honduras and Panama. This one is a 5 1/2" X 50 Robusto. It is a medium bodied smoke with rich notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and nuts. I've smoked a number of these in both the Robusto and Toro sizes, since the release and have always enjoyed them. Even more so than the various "standard" Edge versions I've had.

In the end, I opted not to completely empty the Jefferson's Ocean, saving one more taste for another day.


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