Distilled and bottled by Barton Distillery, Bardstown, KY
Age: No age statement, best guess is 5 to 6 years
Color: Medium Amber
Nose: Cinnamon and warm oak. Corn, vanilla, and toffee notes. Hints of summer rain.
Taste: First impressions are of rye and oak. Corn notes roll off the edges of the tongue. Has a lively flavor with a lot going on. The alcohol is sharp but not unpleasant. As it finishes the oak comes on a little bit at the end, but it’s rounded and soft.
Value: Excellent value.
Cut To The Chase: Yes, nice daily bourbon
Excellent bourbon for the money. Solid and consistent over the years. It’s been relatively easy to find. Don’t hold it against 1792 if you find it at CVS or your grocery. Hard pressed to find anything at that price to match 1792 Small Batch. Broke my heart when Barton’s warehouse collapsed in 2018. Hopefully it won’t affect the supply of the 1792 line of great bourbons including the single barrel and barrel proof which I will review shortly. Also excited about the 1972 Bottled-In-Bond which was rated # 9 in the Whiskey Advocate 2018 Whisky of the Year.
I’ve also bought 1792 in the 1.75 Liter size which, for no good reason at all, tastes slightly better than the 750ML. Since bourbon does not age in the bottle, there should be no difference between the smaller size and the larger bottling. The chemistry should be the same – same bourbon in a larger bottle. If you find it in the 1.75 Liter size, give it a try and see what you think. I may be crazy, but I prefer the larger bottling of bourbon whenever I can find it.
1972 deserves a place in your bar. Really good everyday bourbon.
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