Jefferson’s recently announced the release of its Ocean Aged at Sea Voyage 29 Wheated, the third wheated bourbon and the newest expression in the Jefferson’s Ocean: Aged at Sea Collection.
A statement from Jefferson’s explained that the vessel that carried casks of Jefferson’s Ocean Wheated Voyage 29 was first docked in the Port of Savannah, in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.
Later, the ship avoided a tropical storm southeast of Bermuda that gave a shake to the liquid cargo before heading through the Panama Canal. From there, the casks dipped south around Australia and on to the Indian Ocean.
On route to Singapore, rough seas eventually gave way to the open ocean, followed by several stops in China, Korea, and Japan.
The barrels of wheated bourbon on the ship rested quietly in coastal waters before heading to the north Pacific Ocean, and crossing to the west coast of America, where air temperatures dropped to the mid-50s, the lowest of the entire trip.
Jefferson’s Ocean was designed on the believed fact that constant agitation means more wood-to-bourbon ratio, resulting in more flavor as the barrel acts as a filter leaving less bitterness and acidity in the alcohol.
And, as the changing climates on each sailing affects each expression in the Ocean whiskey family differently, the distiller said that in this case, the extreme heat caramelized the sugars in the wood while the salty air permeated the barrel in the open ocean crossing the equator.
The distiller’s notes show that this “hyper-aged” whiskey provides a darker, richer and more caramelized bourbon with depth and complexity.
Voyage 29 Wheated clocks in at 90 proof, and has a suggested retail price of $79.99.