Proof: 100 / ABV: 50%
Age: Non-age stated
Distillery: Barton 1792 Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky, USA
Retail Pricing: $36-50
Availability: Uncommon. The 1792 Bottled in Bond label is less common than regular small batch and I often see 1792 Single Barrel and 1792 Full Proof more than this release. This particular bottle was a private selection for the 21C Museum Hotel in downtown Louisville.
1792 Bottled in Bond is exactly what it says…a bottled in bond (100 proof and at least 4-years old) version of 1792. Okay. I’m already expecting a more rich flavor over the regular 1792 Small Batch with this one but nothing to write home about.
The barrel this bottle came from was picked by 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville. Now, I love this hotel because it has an extensive art museum that makes for a great, free date location. Trust me, as a former broke ass teenager growing up in Louisville, I had several dates here. It’s classy and sophisticated and free to see the exhibits. Did I mention it’s free? Anyway, it looks like in the last few years they’ve started getting their own picks which are available for purchase from the front desk. There is a little display case when you walk in that has all of them. When I was there, they had a Russell’s Reserve, 1792, Maker’s Private Select, and several others.
Sensibles: The nose reminds me immediately of campfire smores…lots of graham cracker, marshmallow, and brief whiffs of smoke and milk chocolate. Letting it sit for a bit brings out some fruitiness that is mostly dried cherries. The taste is medium-bodied and a fairly standard assortment of vanilla, caramel, and muted cinnamon notes. The finish is unoffensive, medium-length, warm, and dotted with slight caramel undertones. Simple, well-rounded.
Value: I held out on 1792 for a long time. Way too long. I had 1792 Small Batch at a distillery tour in December and thought it was pretty good, especially for the price point. I think back to maybe 2013, when I had 1792 Ridgemont Reserve and hated it…I guess that scarred me for a while. Anyway, this is good stuff and fairly affordable at around $36. It’s a solid, all-around bourbon with enough bite to make this a great daily drinker. Grab a 1792 BiB if you can find one, it will likely become a home favorite.
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