Review: 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

New Charred Oak
~75% Corn, 15% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Distiller Barton (Bardstown, Kentucky)

This whisky is 8 years old (well, was, I suppose, in 2013 before the age statement dropped) – older than the average bourbon, and very much done more in the style of a “modern” bourbon – a bit more of a silky and soft sort of bourbon. The distillery is owned by Sazerac, who also own Buffalo Trace Distillery, and they give quite a nice and different distilery tour which I quite recommend – it’s a bit more industrial than the others if you’re in the area and it’s not even on the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The 1792 on the bottle refers to the year that Kentucky became a state. Recently the bottled was changed and, to me, the new bottle looks much more like a cognac bottle than a bourbon bottle. Too bad, really – I quite like the look of the old bottle (as pictured above).

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: K13 207 08:19

  • Botting Date: 2013

Nose: Sweet nose, this one, and a touch sour. Very nutty- peanuts, pralines, hazlenuts, also with dried apricot, dried cherries, sultana raisins, fresh apricot, vanilla, marshmallows, caramel, maple cookies, chocolate, and earthy wood. A bit of a barnyard aroma here and there, as well. Some off-key harshness lifts off the glass too with time which I find quite detracting – but this dissipated once the bottle was open a few weeks. A great nose…the rich, fat grain is so enticing.

Taste: Thick, with chocolate and cherries before a bit of an mint-tinged oak takeover in quite decent fashion. The earthiness of the oak is enticing, as so often with good bourbons. Not hugely spicy, this one – it’s more of a honeyed and elegant bourbon rather than a spice bomb.

Finish: New oak, vanillins, corn influence, and some more of that nuttiness. The finish has decent length, though sometimes a bit simple and light.

Pleasant, easy sipper. It’s very nice –a bit different than the other bourbons produced out of that distillery which are a bit of an older style – a bit rougher and spicier (and I like them quite a bit!)

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, but nearly high, at this price ($50).