This special Jefferson’s Presidential Select release contains old wheated bourbon from the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery, the birthplace of many iconic brands such as Pappy Van Winkle and W.L. Weller. It was distilled in 1991, less than a year before Stitzel-Weller was shut down, and matured for 18 years before being bottled at 94 proof. It’s rumoured that newer batches of Jefferson’s Presidential Select 18 Years Old are not 100% Stitzel-Weller anymore, but also contain rye bourbon from another distillery. There is no way to be sure (unless one is fortunate enough to do a side by side of an older and a newer bach…). Jefferson’s was introduced in 1997 by Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a renowned bourbon historian. Under the name McLain & Kyne, they produce such whiskeys as Jefferson’s Small Batch and Jefferson’s Presidential Select. The whiskey is sourced from a number of undisclosed distilleries. The brand’s current home is the Kentucky Artisan Distillery, which was founded in 2012 and produces about 25% of the whiskey used for Jefferson’s bottlings; the rest is still sourced from independent distilleries.