The Tale of Jacob’s Pardon

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Brothers Jacob and Abner Taub made their own whiskey during Prohibition ... but one fateful, wintry night in 1929, the pair were arrested and jailed for violating the Volstead Act. Six years later, with the ink on the 21st Amendment still drying and Prohibition finally in the rearview mirror, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pardoned the brothers. This absolution would set into motion a proud family tradition spanning generations — which has culminated in the Taub family’s modern-day homage to their intrepid relatives.

Jacob’s Pardon marks the Taubs’ return to their roots as rectifiers in the spirits business. Today, third-generation Marc Taub (Jacob’s great-nephew) and his son Jake have been exploring America’s finest whiskey-, bourbon-, and rye-producing territories, cherry-picking select barrels … and befriending America’s foremost spirits expert, F. Paul Pacult, along the way.

Together, Marc, Jake, and Paul expertly blend this new family of whiskeys which includes a collection of ultra-fine, aged single-barrel releases and a series of small batches showcasing unique junctures in American whiskey.

Jacob's Pardon Highlights

Nearly a century ago, Jacob and Abner Taub crafted and bootlegged their own whiskey during Prohibition — today, the Taub family continues this legacy with Jacob’s Pardon Whiskey.

It is a collaboration between third-generation Marc Taub and America’s foremost expert on distilled spirits, F. Paul Pacult; together, they expertly blend every small batch of Jacob’s Pardon.

There are two distinct ranges available: the Small Batch American Whiskey series and the “Cast of Casks” collection of single-cask offerings.

An exceptionally rare offering, Jacob’s Pardon Small Batch #3 (released in July 2023), is an 18-year-old American Light Whiskey with a 99% corn, 1% malted barley mash bill that was bottled a cask strength of 71.35% abv / 142 proof.

Jacob’s Pardon has consistently received outstanding press, including recommendations in Whisky Advocate, Chilled, Men’s Journal, Forbes.com, and more — the excitement over the Jacob’s Pardon collection is palpable among critics and aficionados alike.

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    Bardstown, Kentucky, United States of America
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From Prohibition to Pardon

Prohibition began on January 16, 1919, when the 18th Amendment was ratified by Congress, prohibiting “intoxicating liquors” in the United States.

After ratification, the Volstead Act was passed by Congress, allowing the authorities to level punishment against anyone violating Prohibition. The uptick in speakeasies, bootlegging, and gangster activity made enforcing the laws difficult — and dangerous.

Left with little other choice, Congress officially repealed Prohibition with the ratification of the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933. Repeal Day, as it’s commonly known, is now celebrated at modern-day “speakeasies” across the country.

We think it would be a crime not to raise a dram of Jacob’s Pardon to mark the occasion.

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