1792 Full Proof Bourbon

Single Barrel Pick

Let’s explore the 1792 Full Proof Bourbon, a robust and high-proof expression from the Barton 1792 Distillery. The 1792 part of the name is thanks to the year that Kentucky became a state. The distillery was actually founded in 1879. It is the oldest fully operational distillery in Bardstown. The name Full Proof for this bottle refers to the proof the bourbon originally went into the barrel at, thus adjustments are made prior to bottling. This bottle of whiskey always tends to start a little ‘hot’ but with some time to breath the flavors open up and built to a beautiful finish. Here are the details and tasting notes:

  • Classification: Straight Bourbon
  • Company: Sazerac Company, Inc
  • Distillery: Barton 1792 Distillery
  • Release Date: March 2024
  • Proof: 125
  • Mashbill: Undisclosed
  • Retail Price: $50

Key Points

  • High Rye Bourbon: The 1792 Full Proof is described by Barton as a “high rye” bourbon. It brings a bold and spicy character to the table.
  • Original Barrel Entry Proof: This bourbon is bottled at its original 125 barrel entry proof, making it the highest proof offering in the 1792 lineup to date.
  • Filtering: Unlike Barton’s usual practice, this bourbon skipped traditional chill filtering and was only passed through a plate and frame filter.

Tasting Notes

Aroma:

  • Seasoned Oak: The nose opens with a strong and potent scent of seasoned oak.
  • Caramel and Barrel Char: Layers of caramel and barrel char contribute to the heavy-handed aroma.
  • Subtle Fruits: Beneath the potency, you’ll find gentle scents of vanilla, cranberry, and raspberry.

Palate:

  • Oak Dominance: On the palate, seasoned oak, caramel, and barrel char continue to shine.
  • Thick Mouthfeel: The whiskey coats your tongue with a sugary-oak medley, creating a satisfying mouthfeel.
  • Persistent Flavors: Pecan, dried dates, and a hint of stone fruit play supporting roles.

Finish:

  • Transition: The finish transitions to light clove, dark chocolate, and brown sugar.
  • Minor Tannic Note: A slight dry oak note emerges, providing contrast.
  • Cinnamon Oak Aftertaste: The finish lingers with a touch of cinnamon oak.

In summary, the 1792 Full Proof Bourbon delivers potency, complexity, and a satisfying experience. At $50, it’s a remarkable transformation offering better balance and mouthfeel. The single barrel pick from 1792 was well worth the wait and we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this barrel pick.