Score: 8.9 / 10
Distillery: Barton 1792
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon
This whiskey completely breaks the rule of the distillery. When contacted about the age of some of the other expressions we were told that they are bottled "when they are ready". We joke about that being the name of a future expression. However, this one is clearly only ready at exactly 12 years!
The whole 1792 line is a higher rye bourbon and in our opinion, this one has been one of the best that this fantastic whisky brand has to offer. If you can get you hands on it that is. It is highly allocated by the distiller and wholesalers.
If you want to hear about the rest of the 1792 line, listen to us exploring and discussing it live in our Po It Up Whiskey Podcast episode 16 here.
Note: The cookies pictured are Gingerbread Macarons with Irish Cream Buttercream filling that my girlfriend made. They are insanely good and pair perfectly with this whiskey. Just in case you want to put in even more effort into this whiskey experience.
Nose: Earthy, oaky, bursting with mocha and toffee. A lot of creamy vanilla and burnt caramel sits upfront as well. A welcoming honeycomb lingers in the background. The nose also offers intermittent leather notes as well.
Palate: Orange and lemon rind hit the tongue first before unleashing big butterscotch notes. The pour then transitions into tons of fruit, red apple, cherry and watermelon. These begin to fade into a light dry cinnamon and seasoned oak.
Finish: Simultaneously tannic and juicy? The sides/pockets of the mouth become very dry but the tongue remains juicy. Plenty of dry oak, milk chocolate and dark chocolate linger in the dry parts of the mouth.
S+ Sensational - The Pinnacle (9.5+)
A - AXEceptional (astounding) (9-9.5)
B - bravo (step aBove average) (8-8.9)
C - competent (7-7.9)
D - disappointing (6-6.9)
F - flush it down the toilet (fail) (5.9 below)
Availability? Rare. I come across the 1792 Full Proof much more often then the Aged 12 Years or Sweet Wheat. In other words, in my experience this is not easy to locate if you are trying to collect them all. However, that not your goal. Drink your whiskey! :)