1792 Full Proof

We were very excited to find a bottle of 1792 Full Proof. The Barton product features 8.5-year-old, high-rye bourbon whiskey bottled at 125 proof (the proof at which it entered the oak). At $45, it is one of the most affordable high proof, well matured products on the market.

One of the things that got us excited about this bourbon was Sku's article from August in which he called it a "well-balanced...anti-Bookers." Jim Beam, of course, announced it will raise the barrel proof Booker's MSRP from $60 to $100...a frustrating and expensive development. 

While I certainly appreciate the 1792 price point, Barton (a Sazerac company) isn't exactly bucking industry trends. The company redesigned its label to appeal to the masses and has released new expressions more rapidly than dedicated consumers like me can keep up (e.g. 1792 Small Batch, Port FInish, Sweet Wheat, Single Barrel, High-Rye...).

Also, Breaking Bourbon's negative review of 1792 Full Proof found the marketing gimmicky and the whiskey unbalanced- the exact opposite of Sku. I finally broke the seal and came to my own conclusions...

1792 Full Proof

Barton 1792 Distillery
125 proof
$45 at Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY

Color: Beautiful burnt orange.

Nose: Brown sugar, prickly rye spice, dry oak, and a blast of alcohol. After significant time in the glass, a mustard/vinegar aroma emerges.

Tasting Notes: Hot, hot, hot. Spice, very dry oak, tons of heat. Some subtle sweetness- vanilla extract and burnt sugar, and more spice. Cola, oak, and heat in the finish. 

Overall: C. I am unimpressed and disappointed. I really wanted to like this, but the dry oak and alcohol heat dominate and mask flavor.