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Jefferson’s Ocean Bourbon


Aged-at-sea is the wild story behind Jefferson’s Ocean Bourbon, an extremely limited, hard-to-find run of only 600 bottles. Jefferson’s founder/brandmaster Trey Zoeller (below), continuing in the family Kentucky bourbon business, decided to go less traditional by placing several oak barrels of his finest on the deck of friend Chris Fischer’s shark-chasing research ship, the M.V. Ocean (as in National Geographic’s Shark Men reality show), to see what would happen. For nearly four years, there they stood, absorbing what the Pacific had to offer: extreme temperature changes, pounding sun, salt water baths from swells on deck, constant rocking, the salty sea air. Accelerated aging was the result: rich amber, complex, syrupy, rivaling 20-year-olds…a success. Jefferson’s is a Very Small Batch producer of handcrafted Kentucky bourbon, working with only 8-12 barrels at a time. Proceeds from the even more limited edition Ocean go to Fischer’s Ocearch shark research non-profit. Cheers!

Jefferson's Ocean Bourbon

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  2. How can I acquire the “Jefferson’s Ocean” to serve my very close clientele at my restaurant?

  3. I would LOVE to get hold of two bottles of your next release! Please reserve two for me! 805-878-1568. Dr. Paul G. Stoltz

  4. How can I buy a bottle of the Ocean brand? I have read the articles on it and was excited to hear a larger batch was coming out this year!

  5. Only had one taste of the 2012 Ocean… It was very dark, and for the $, it was more of a curiousity, than a serious Bourbon. That being said, it was interesting, and somewhat complex. The first taste was caramel, oak, a trace of vanilla, and a decent hint of smoke. A warm finish was as expected, and the complex aftertaste was minimal. A light salt was present from retro hale to deep nose sniff.

    Perfect with a medium body cigar, or after a full body… I started with a Tatuaje Black Label Lancero. And a Liga Privada No 9 Toro as an after dinner snack.

    Pork tenderloin on the grill followed, with another 2 oz. of the “Ocean”. With the food, the slight salty nature of the bottle, was a great compliment.

    Lew T.
    Knoxville TN.

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