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1792 Small Batch
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Barton 1792 Distilery
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1792 Small Batch Bourbon
Very little specific information is given about 1792 Small Batch Bourbon. It is said to be made with a “signature ‘high rye’ recipe”. Unfortunately, we aren’t given any specifics about the mash bill. Likewise, while it was age stated as at least 8 years in the past, it no longer has an age statement. Rumor has it that it may still be in the 7-8 year range, though. So since we can’t talk about the bourbon, let’s talk about the the Barton 1792 Distillery. Fortunately, there is plenty to discuss.
The History Of The Barton 1792 Distillery
The history of the Barton 1792 Distillery runs deep. The company was founded in 1879 and is the oldest operating distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, (except of course for that pesky period of Prohibition). Its past is a bit complicated. In the late nineteenth century, names like Franke & Willett Distillery and Mattingly & Moore Distillery were in play. These two names identified the same distillery property which was located adjacent to Barton’s current distillery site.
Thomas Moore of Mattingly & Moore, struck out on his own in 1899. He purchased 80 acres next to the Mattingly & Moore distillery and opened the Thomas Moore Distillery. When his neighbor went bankrupt in 1916, Moore purchased the property and it is this combined 196 acres that created the current Barton 1792 Distillery. A few more name changes took place after Moore. Barton replaced Moore in 1944 courtesy of new owner Oscar Getz and Constellation brands added “1792” around 2002. Now owned by the Sazerac Company since 2009, Barton 1792 produces the flagship brands of Very Old Barton and 1792 (formerly known as Ridgemont Reserve 1792).
Tasting Notes – 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Review
Let’s taste it:
🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉🏻Nose: Dark cherry, vanilla, caramel, mild oak & leather; touch of spice and cinnamon; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Caramel, vanilla, sweet black cherry, some brown sugar sweetness; mild char
👉🏻Finish: Cherry and sweetness continue and there’s a growing, but still fairly tame, white and black pepper spice that lingers for a while; moderately long finish with a bit of a lingering burn
1792 Small Batch Bourbon is quite full flavored, with some richness and pastry character to it, especially in the nose. All the classic bourbon flavors are here, topped off with a bit of extra black and white pepper spice on the finish. That is presumably compliments of the “high rye” recipe. The finish is a bit of a change from the nose and taste, but the spice acts almost as a palate cleanser, getting me ready for another sip, over and over again.
It has actually been quite a while since I have had this particular offering from 1792. I tended to overlook it for all of their limited offerings, but perhaps that was a mistake, as this is really quite an enjoyable bourbon in itself. It should please both seasoned and novice bourbon drinkers alike.
Have you tried 1792 Small Batch Bourbon? What did you think? Cheers!🥃
We hope you have enjoyed our 1792 Small Batch Bourbon review! Next, check out our Barton 1792 Distillery Tour Video or the write up of our Barton 1792 Distillery Tour to learn more about the distillery. If you would like to learn about another Barton 1792 bourbon, then you’ll want to read our Very Old Barton Bourbon Review!
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