Distillery: Barton 1792
Nose: Cooked apple, banana bread, slight ethanol burn, spice medley of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg (somewhat reminds me of a fall scented candle), light tanned leather, fresh orange peel, charred oak, and sweet vanilla.
Taste: Tannic/warm mouthfeel. Light ethanol, rich charred oak, caramel, orange peel, light corn grain, rye bread, dried figs, dark chocolate, banana, and vanilla.
Finish: With a slight ethanol punch at the beginning, the senses open up to welcome a hefty spice medley of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Very fall and bakery forward, leaning into rye and banana bread. Leather and citrus carry the finish into a nice, sweet end of vanilla and brown sugar.
Overall: While this may be an “average” bourbon profile from Barton, it scored fairly well every time I tasted it. I didn’t expect it to hit this high, seeing as the standard full proof is older and a few proof point higher. The price point here is the true winner. The end consumer can get this for less than $45 (when found) and not be upset about getting a 1L single barrel at 120 proof points.
Keep in mind, this barrel may vary from yours and those to come. I actually found this to be quite in par with a couple of other 1792 Single Barrels I have. My last tasting, I even compared it to a standard off the shelf and a store pick 1792 to see how it held up – given it’s much higher in proof, it can keep up pace!
I would love to actually blind this against some other Sazerac high proofers and see how it can hold up. Is this a better buy than Benchmark Full Proof? Who knows, maybe next week’s review will be a blind comparison of these two!
Value Rating: 10/10
Total Score: 8.75/10