Jefferson's Presidential Select 21 Year
Be it ocean-aging or chef collabs, Jefferson's is best known for creative approaches to traditionally barreled bourbon. The Presidential Select 21 Year eschews gimmicks with a straightforward, highly aged bourbon that tastes less like an oak forest and more like fresh citrus and cracked black pepper. Reviewers note a significantly lower burn factor than similarly aged spirits, perhaps due to its aging in a cooler part of the warehouse. Supply is limited to 2,000 cases, and surprisingly, you can still find a few bottles floating around for under $200, so speculators might want to move quick.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food and drink team. He's happy enough with his bottle of Weller 12 and isn't losing any sleep over this Van Winkle craze. Follow him to more jokes about sleeping and whiskey at @Dannosphere.