Barton 1792 Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review
Tonight I am visiting another shelf staple that I am long overdue on for a review! I haven't really done much 1792 in the past outside of a few Full Proof store picks, the Sweet Wheat release, and the Twelve Year release. I just opened up the whole line to share with a Spirit Animal Society member and now I'm excited to visit all these myself. Not sure what caught my eye about the Bottled in Bond but I went for this one first as it should be more consistent bottle to bottle and therefore more useful information for a greater amount of people. If you've tried this one I'd love to hear what you think of it in the comments!
From the 1792 Bourbon website:
In 1897, the Bottled-in-Bond Act revolutionized the quality of American whiskey. Carrying on that tradition, this well-aged bourbon comes from only barrels filled during the same distilling season and is bottled at exactly 100 proof for a bold taste and lingering finish—a testament to the Bottled-in-Bond Act established over a century ago.
True to its heritage, the unmistakable spice of 1792 Bourbon is met with notes of charred oak and fresh mint. Subtle caramel apple tones are delicately balanced with the lingering essence of coffee and black pepper.
Company on Label: Barton 1792 Distillery
Whiskey Type: Bourbon
Mash Bill Percentages: Undisclosed (but assumed to be 74% Corn, 18% Rye, and 8% Malted Barley)
Age: NAS (minimum of 4 years)
Further identification: This is part of the flagship line from the 1792 series; it features the yellow neck tag and the distinct gold 'UFO' topper
Nose: Cracked pepper and caramel greet me first thing in this glass. There's a nice chocolate nuttiness that serves as a great base. Floral fruit jump out at me early on until a big wave of salty molasses swings in. Dusty oak comes off quite powerfully and I can smell an earthy bark tone behind it. The dusty characteristics also carry candied apple and caramel corn. Later in the glass I find some bright, juicy pear aromas and grape skins. The overall nose feel is level and soft. Time for a sip!
Afterwards the glass turns exceptionally creamier with much more caramel and lemon frosting coming off the glass. The empty glass smells of sunflower seeds, lemon ginger tea, and walnuts.
Palate: My first sip is delicate at first with soft caramel and floral sweetness. Cherry skins build on subsequent sips and slight tannic tones creep in. The baking spices can be a bit smoldering at times but I'm really enjoying it tonight. I find lemon peel and earl gray tea alongside that constant floral fruit. My last sip is soft and rather simple but still quite delicious with an overall fairly caramel forward fruit medley.
I've been pleasantly surprised by this release. I wish this distillery was a little more forthcoming with information on their releases, but I love the classic look of the bottle and the old-timey vibe their whole operation puts off. This might hang in well with the Twelve Year release, which I also need to visit for a review soon. Look for that next!