The last time I was at Jefferson’s with Dan Burke (chief barrel officer), Dan told me he had a barrel of Ocean’s that he loves & thought I should taste. “It’s nothing like the others, trust me.” I obliged and reluctantly agreed, and quickly discovered that what I was tasting was the best Jefferson’s that I ever tasted.
“Why have you been holding out, what the hell is that?”
This was ‘Voyage 22,’ which was the only time they ever did a wheated bourbon for their ‘Oceans’ line. Of course, you know I’m not shy, so I asked if I could buy it. Dan said they are way passed selling this barrel as they were on to Voyage 26. This barrel was the owner, Trey’s. Ugh. Oh well — at least I picked up a great Jefferson’s Reserve while I was there.
Well, Dan must have toked up a good one the next morning or something because he called me all chipper and said, “I’m sending you Trey’s barrel but don’t tell anyone!” Hah, me? I would never!!