Ridgemont Reserve

Review: 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
62.5%
Aging
8.5 yrs; New Charred Oak
Recipe
~75% Corn, 15% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Distiller Barton (Bardstown, Kentucky)

As the industry listens to what bourbon fans want, we are continuing to see barrel proof versions of standard bourbons, like this 1792 (though this is a limited release, and not quite barrel proof).

The LCBO, classically, did their own testing of this bourbon when it came in and restamped all the bottles with 61.87% rather than the 62.5% advertised on the label (the ABV at which the liquid goes into the barrel). 8 and a half years old.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code:K16205 21:47 05

  • Botting Date: 2016

The nose has maple, dried apricot, prune, cinnamon, oak, cherry, pear,  menthol, and vanilla sugar. Rich, and dense – really opening up with water. The palate has a nice lacing of oak alongside lots of stone fruit, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and clove. It’s packed with flavor – fruit, oak, and spice. The finish is slightly tannic with a reasonable hit of spice, yet also retaining a dark fruit character and rich coconut. The complexity didn’t come out the way I hoped it would, given how I enjoy 1792. An enjoyable, high proof, modern bourbon.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, based on $65. According to my numerical scores that I assign, this is at the upper end of average. But good cask strength bourbons are pretty rare for these prices, so I bumped it up.


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

ABV
46.85%
Aging
New Charred Oak
Recipe
~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).