Review #226 1792 Full Proof ABC Liquor Pick
Distillery: Barton 1792
Age: NAS (rumored to be 8 yr)
Mashbill: Undisclosed (we’ve heard 75% corn, 15% rye, 10% malted barley)
BACKGROUND: 1792 Distillery was launched in 1879 and is the oldest fully-operating Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. 1792 has undergone multiple name changes from Ridgemont Reserve to 1792 and release 6 different whiskies in their portfolio to include their flagship Small Batch, High Rye, Sweet Wheat (wheated mashbill), Port Finish, Full Proof, Bottled-in-Bond and this new, age-stated, 12 Year. 1792 Full Proof is the fourth annual release installment from the Barton 1792 distillery. 1792 Full Proof is an annual release and is the highest proofed bourbon from Barton. Although it is high proof it is not cask strength because it is proofed down slightly to get to 125. This bourbon also is non chill filtered unlike the rest of the 1792 line. This specific bottle comes from a single barrel selected by our friends at ABC Liquor in Austin, TX. One of the very unique things about this barrel is that is was so evaporated that only 60 bottles were able to be taken from the barrel vs the usual 180+. This hints at a somewhat older barrel but who knows!
NOSE: The nose is very bold and rich with scents of toasted oak, peppercorn, caramel, cinnamon and clove. The nose is well balanced, smooth, and approachable and is quite different from the regular 1792 Full Proof supporting the case of an older barrel (23/25)
PALATE: This single barrel bursts with flavors as soon as the whiskey touches your tongue. Prickles and pops from the spice and proof burst into rich and bold flavors of cedar, maple syrup, caramel, and clove. There is a warmth and smoothness to this whiskey that really hits our sweet spot. This drinks more like a 110-120 proof whiskey and has a much more mature flavor profile than regular full proof again supporting our claim of an older barrel (36/40)
FINISH: The finish is very long, smooth, and flavorful with notes of oak, freshly baked rye bread, and some tobacco. The proof never burns but provides the whiskey with a full body feel (22/25)
VALUE: This bottle is selling for $60 compared to an SRP of $45 but man of man is this worth it! (10/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a MUST BUY! ABC Liquor always has fantastic picks but this one is truly a jewel! The flavors of this whiskey are spectacular and I would put this bottle up against almost any allocated whiskey on the market. Unfortunately once they're gone, they're gone forever. So if you have a chance go get yourself a bottle .
Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Old Forester 117 Series Warehouse K
Similar & Equal Whiskey: Stagg Jr. Batch 15
Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Murray Hill Club Batch 21
Tell us what you think and give us some feedback!
96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods
90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey
85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this
80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there
75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf
70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this
60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers
50-59: Not my cup of tea
Below 50: Give away