Jacob’s Pardon 8 Year Old Small Batch American Whiskey
Jacob’s Pardon 8 Year pays tribute to Jacob and Abner Taub, bootleggers who made their own whiskey during Prohibition, but alas, were caught and incarcerated in 1929. When an official pardon document from President Franklin D. Roosevelt was recently uncovered (the brothers later went on to legally found the Baltimore Whiskey Company in the 1930s, and the emblem appears on the label), the Taub family decided to extend the family legacy in honor of Jacob Taub with unique bottlings and blends, all with the consultation of spirits expert F. Paul Pacult. Small Batch Recipe #1 combines 15 year-old MGP light whiskey (high-corn mash bill with rye and barley malt) with 8 year-old whiskey from Tennessee. A total of 2,482 6-bottle cases were produced.
Jacob’s Pardon 8 Year old whiskey is basically a snickerdoodle cookie in boozy liquid form (in the nicest possible way) – brown sugar, butter, butterscotch and cinnamon dominate the nose and palate. An unusual hint of lemon peel adds some interest to this viscous mix, which is probably best consumed as a dessert whiskey, or perhaps shaken into a rather decadent whiskey sour.
In the decade or so that American whiskey has been booming, many new brands have popped up claiming roots in Prohibition, whether via a great-great-granddaddy’s moonshine recipe or a vague tale about smuggling bottles across the border. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, they say, and many of these yarns are spurious at best. But there’s a new whiskey whose founders actually can prove the veracity of their forebears’ criminal liquor enterprise—because they have a presidential pardon for them.
Nose: It’s basically a snickerdoodle cookie in boozy liquid form brown sugar, butter, butterscotch and cinnamon dominate the nose and palate.
Palate: An unusual hint of lemon peel adds some interest to this viscous mix, which is probably best consumed as a dessert whiskey, or perhaps shaken into a rather decadent whiskey sour.
Finish: Smooth and lingering.