The 25-year offering marks the second oldest of the Presidential Select bourbon line (they also make a 30-year-old). But most notably, we can begin by discussing what it is not. This is not distilled by Jefferson Bourbon nor by its parent company, Castle Brands. Rather, the Presidential Select line is bottled from barrels distilled by various other companies and laid down for aging some time ago. Jefferson’s buys the barrels and releases them under their label. This makes the identification of the mash and distiller very complicated. Jefferson’s Rye is the only product in the portfolio that is simply bottled as is. This rye has a great burst of spice up front and maintains flavor throughout, instead of dry out as traditional ryes have a tendency to do. This is achieved by the amount of time this 100% rye has spent in the barrel.
Nose: Big caramel with hints of maple, toffee, honey, and vanilla
Palate: Smooth and buttery
Finish: Smooth with lingering hints of leather and spice.