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’.
45% ABV and aged for “at least one year”. The mash bill for this unusual bottling is 70% New York sourced corn (from Lakeview Organic Grain) and equal parts peated and unpeated British barley. It is also award winning: San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016 – Double Gold. American Distilling Institute (ADI) Craft Spirit Awards 2016 – Silver.
Nose: Sweet vanilla, orange peels and a light smoke – like a subtle honey barbecue sauce. Also softer notes of red grapes, dry hay and light leather.
Palate: Initially oranges and burnt sugar, followed by grilled pineapple. Hints of vanilla and tobacco and a touch of aniseed. Salted pretzels.
Finish: Dry smoke and spices: chilli, black pepper, cinnamon and aniseed. Slightly maritime.
Overall: An interesting mash bill, resulting in a sweet, spicy and lightly smoked dram. It could use a couple more years in the barrel to balance the flavours in my opinion, but you can’t deny that peat and bourbon make a delicious combination. The only thing that is stopping me from buying a bottle is the price.
FEW Cold Cut Bourbon Whiskey with Cold Brew Coffee Tasting Notes
This is their standard bourbon brought down to a bottling strength of 46.5% from a cask strength of approximately 60% ABV, using cold brew coffee instead of water. Their bourbon has a mash bill of 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% malt, and is aged in Minnesota oak. Their coffee is sourced from local Passion House Coffee roasters on Goose Island.
FEW Cold Cut Bourbon Whiskey
Price: $42.99 (Binny’s). This bottle was purchased at FEW Distillery in Illinois.
Appearance: Copper/Amber. Almost red.
Nose: Cloves, baked apples with ground spices, dark brown sugar, almost like treacle, and the light sweetness of vanilla. Toasted banana bread.
Palate: Creamy in texture. All the notes on the nose follow through, baked green apples and vanilla but stronger ground spices, almost peppery. Milk chocolate, toffee and ripe red apples. Hints of fizzy cola sweets.
Finish: A hint of chilli and the bitterness of dark chocolate with salted caramel. Fizzy cola sweets and oaky spices. Here, you can taste the roasted coffee. It’s subtle but distinctive. A soft finish.
Overall: This is a bloody good dram that goes down easy and is incredibly more-ish. The coffee really compliments the flavour profile of the bourbon. You wouldn’t know that it was cut with cold brew except for in the softness of the mouthfeel. This is not a novelty, just a really successful experiment.