Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea Voyage No.15 Bourbon Special Wheated Mash Bill
Ocean Voyage 15 plied the seas above the water and clear skies. Traffic moved on schedule through the Panama Canal in both directions and there were no significant delays at any of the ports on the fie continents visited. What really made Ocean Voyage 15 unique was that it was our first Wheated voyage. The bourbon barreled for this voyage uses wheat as its small grain instead of the typical rye. Wheat is less flavorful than rye so during the maturation process it allows more of the corn's sweetness and the wood's vanilla to come through prior to being loaded onto our ships. I was beyond excited to get these barrels back and taste how the Ocean waves, salty air and heat transformed this bourbon. Salt was the dominate note that popped as I nosed this bourbon, it was more evident than all the other rye voyages. The first thing I noticed was the viscosity of this bourbon, a full and bread mouthfeel after the initial sip. Upfront a salted Creme Brûlée with vanilla gives way to tobacco and oak mid palate, the wood staves provide a lingering brininess that stays with you through the finish. Notes found in all previous Ocean Voyages are amplified in Ocean Voyage 15 Wheated as the salt, Carmel and wood do not have the spice of the rye to compete with.