1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Tasting Notes
46.9% ABV. This Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is named after the year that Kentucky officially became a state. Though it carries no age statement, the 1792 Small Batch was awarded Silver for Small Batch Bourbon up to 5 Years Old in the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The mash bill for the 1792 Small Batch is undisclosed, all we know is that it is high-rye content (with rumours stating 75% corn, 15% rye and 10% malted barley). Barton Distillery/Sazerac also don’t disclose the number of barrels that defines this bottling as ‘small batch’.
Price: £35.90 (Master of Malt)
Nose: Sweet and earthy. Notes of fresh vanilla and caramelised sugar, reminiscent of over-cooked pastry, with some stewed raisins and grassy elements along with banana peel and grilled corn.
Palate: Very buttery with a soft rye spice. Baked banana bread with ground cinnamon and sweet red grapes with a touch of dark chocolate.
Finish: The soft rye spice lingers with warm oak and fresh vanilla.
Overall: This is not overly spicy, but there is enough rye to add a level of complexity to this dram. A very traditional Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
About Barton 1792 Whiskey Distillery
Barton 1792 Whiskey Distillery was first established as Morton Spring Distillery in 1874 in Bardstown Kentucky. It changed hands several times before eventually being named “The Barton Distillery” following the Prohibition. It was then acquired by Sazerac in 2009 and produces Old Barton and 1792 bourbon brands. 1792 was originally known as ‘Ridgemont Reserve’ but the distillery were forced to change the name following a lawsuit from The Brown-Forman Corporation who claimed it was too similar to their ‘Woodford Reserve’. 1792 Bourbon has grown in popularity after a series of good reviews and awards from Jim Murray, who named their Full Proof expression the World Whiskey of the Year 2020. The current site of the distillery is 196 acres with the capacity to store 2 million barrels of bourbon.