This bourbon is named after the year Kentucky became a state. Originally released as an 8 year, since 2013 the distillery removed the age statement. There was also a wee bit of a kerfuffle over using ‘Ridgemont Reserve’ which apparently people confused with ‘Woodford Reserve’ hence if you search for a bottle today, may only find it labelled as 1792!
As usual, we sampled it blind and here is what we found…
- Colour – Dark reddish gold, perhaps a hint paler than the others sampled the same evening
- Nose – Aged rancio, sweet overripe bananas, strong rye quality, after time became fruity floral with some pepper spice
- Palate – Dry weak body, cinnamon, astringent on the tongue
- Finish – Very dry finish
Speculation was likely a straight bourbon with rye – turns out we were right!
Unveiling: The distinct feature of this bourbon is that it is produced in small batches.
For my vote, this is an uncomplicated, affordable bourbon with a dash of rye that could rock as a base for cocktails or an easy option to have on hand for parties. However, given the difficulty obtaining ‘phoren’ (that’s foreign folks!) whiskies in India, this wouldn’t be a top priority bringing back after a trip abroad.
Here’s what others have to say about Barton’s 1792 Ridgemont Reserve:
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