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I never know what’s going to happen when I go down to Kentucky. I had another one of those crazy encounters when I was doing a barrel pick at Jefferson’s. My barrel picks at Jefferson’s are always an adventure because Dan, the guy that runs the picks is a complete surfer stoner bro. And yes, he lives in Kentucky. Needless to say, all of his friends are also really interesting characters.
On this visit his buddy, Dave Carpenter from Redemption dropped by just to say “hi”. Turns out Dave is the master blender at Redemption so he’s kind of an important guy to get to know. We hit it off pretty well because in a former life he went to Culinary School and was a chef for 20 years. Dan the C.B.O (chief barrel officer) at Jefferson’s was getting a little miffed because Dave was Bogarting his time.
Don’t worry I spun that into a pretty unique Jefferson’s opportunity. More on that one next week. I landed an appointment with Dave the next day to taste through some of his best barrels. Somehow, I ended up having to cook lunch though. I think he worked me on this one. That said, I snagged an incredible single barrel that was 6 years old. Single barrel selections from Redemption are getting increasingly rarer as their profile is skyrocketing in the bourbon world. This one is bottled at 105 proof.
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