Distillery: Barton 1792
Nose: Banana bread, cinnamon, butterscotch, dried fruit, ground coffee, honey, nutmeg, toasted oak, burnt orange peel, dried tobacco, burnt vanilla.
Taste: Buttery/silky mouthfeel. Brown sugar, butterscotch, leather, sweet oak, dried tobacco, black tea, coffee, light red fruit, banana bread, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, sweet vanilla cream.
Finish: Medium length. Punch of sweet, toasted oak on the front of the palate with a slight hint of banana bread and cinnamon; followed by clove, honey, light leather, and nutmeg; the tail end is a nice medley of dried fruit, sweet vanilla, and just a hint of black tea.
Balanced, yet complex, the finish could be longer, but it delivers soft nuances of each note – quite surprising for this to be the High Rye expression.
Overall: This is my favorite thing from 1792. Hands down. The only complaints I have are that it has a slightly short finish and that it isn’t made anymore. A delicious pour with balanced sweet and spicy notes that is rounded out with a hint of earthy/tannic notes.
1792 needs to bring this bad boy back from the dead and let everyone experience the deliciousness of this toasty, spicy, and sweeter than expected pour. It is everything I wish regular 1792 Small Batch was, but with a shorter finish.
When this released, it was around $40 – which is amazing seeing how it goes for almost 8x the price on secondary sites these days. This is a great example of what a $40 bourbon should be, by a distillery who could continue to pump this out and maintain that price point.
Value Rating: 10//10
Total Score: 8.7/10