This is batch 14 of the JPS 18 expression that was discontinued several years back. The early batches were Stitzel Weller distillate, but nobody is 100% certain on which batch they started introducing part rye-mashbill distillate into the mix (rumor says after batch 16-18 or so). I’ve always assumed this Batch 14 to be SW distillate. This is bottled at 47% ABV.
Nose: Equal parts green apple and oak – very bright. Green apple has nice sweet/sour contrast. Rich brown sugar and vanilla follow up.
Palate: Green apple up front – mild oak taking on a bit of an earthy note.
Finish: Very long – green apple and oak here again with a bit of salt.
Rating: 92/100 – Not overly complex, but pretty delicious. I didn’t get as much of a SW wheat vibe, so possibly even batch 14 may not be SW distillate?
Value for the money: At the time I got this one, they were around $200 on the secondary – early batches are now $500+ so it’s definitely not worth that. I’d pay up to $100 if this were available in stores today.