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Jefferson’s The Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail was developed by Jefferson’ s founder Trey Zoeller in partnership with David Granger, Editor-in-Chief of Esquire. The pair spent two years and dozens of attempts honing in on the perfect recipe, which they ultimately found by mixing Jefferson’s Bourbon, dry and sweet vermouth and barrel-aged spiced cherry bitters. The exact bourbon used is six years old — it started at 125 proof and was refined to 82.3 proof — and once mixed with the vermouth and bitters, the resulting liquid is aged for an additional 90 days in oak barrels before being bottled at 68 proof.
As a result of this unique barrel-aging process, Jefferson’s The Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail has a ripe aroma of Madeira wine and vanilla extract, which leads to a sharp palate filled with bitter herbs, vermouth and citrus. The finish is clean and lengthy, with soft notes of licorice, oak and root vegetables making the final statement.
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