The name would seem to suggest a spirit with its roots in the period of American independence. Actually, this brand was founded in 1997, part of the modern wave of small-batch bourbons that are now all the rage. The company, shrewdly named after, yes, that Jefferson, sources casks of whisky from various Kentucky distillers, blending and cellaring further to come up with their own particular flavours. This flagship in the Jefferson’s range is superb nectar, with a pronounced and wonderful roasted-nut character joined by a smorgasbord of other flavours. Think honey-nut corn cereal with lemon tea topped with caramel, dried apricots and raisins. The texture’s silky and the finish dry. Thomas Jefferson, your fine reputation remains intact. In fact, it may have appreciated.