Bourbon Breakdown: 1792 Bourbon

September 23, 2021

While Barton 1792 Distillery has been around for quite some time (under different names), the 1792 Bourbon brand has only been around since 2002. Actually, the bourbon brand was first called “1792 Ridgewood Reserve,” but since the name — and bottle shape — bore a close resemblance to Woodford Reserve, a court ruled in 2004 that it needed to be changed. As a result, the name was then changed to “1792 Ridgemont Reserve.”

The drinks company Sazerac Co. took ownership of the brand and the distillery in 2009. After a few years under this new ownership, 1792 Bourbon became its current moniker. You might be wondering why “1792” has stuck with the brand through all its iterations. Fun fact: 1792 signifies the year Kentucky joined the United States.

One thing you might not be aware of is that the Barton 1792 Distillery produces other whiskey brands including Very Old Barton, Kentucky Tavern, and Kentucky Gentleman. But the 1792 Bourbon brand is the distillery’s super-premium line.

Recently, the 1792 Bourbon brand has released quite a few limited-edition releases to go along with its core small batch bourbon. We’ll go over a few of them below to help you understand the bottlings. Additionally, we’ve got some tasting notes and Distiller Community Ratings to further help you decide on your next bourbon purchase.

1792 Small Batch Bourbon

This small batch bourbon is made with a high-rye bourbon mash bill recipe.

What We Know:

While this bourbon used to have an 8 year age statement when it was sold under the 1792 Ridgemont Reserve name, it was lost in 2013. Today it’s aged from 6-8 years and is bottled at 93.7 proof.

Avg US Price: $30
ABV: 46.85%
Community Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (2,476 Ratings)

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1792 Full Proof Bourbon

First released in 2016, this limited-edition expression features bourbon that is bottled at the same proof as when it entered the barrel: 125 proof.

What We Know:

1792 Full Proof is non-chill-filtered for fuller flavor.

What Our Experts Think It Tastes Like:

Fruity aromas like pears, bananas and golden apple, along with flavors of Honey Nut Cheerios.

Avg US Price: $63
ABV: 62.5%
Community Rating: 3.88 out of 5 stars (1,382 Ratings)

1792 Bourbon: 1792 Full Proof Bourbon1792 Full Proof Bourbon /Photo Credit: 1792 Bourbon

1792 Single Barrel Bourbon

First released in 2016, each of the single barrels in this limited-edition release are hand-selected for quality.

What We Know:

After being distilled and aged at Barton 1792 Distillery, this high-rye bourbon is bottled at 98.6 proof.

What Our Experts Think It Tastes Like:

Rich vanilla, toffee and butterscotch enrich the bourbon’s fruitiness.

Avg US Price: $48
ABV: 49.3%
Community Rating: 3.77 out of 5 stars (992 Ratings)

1792 Bourbon: 1792 Single Barrel Bourbon1792 Single Barrel Bourbon /Photo Credit: 1792 Bourbon

1792 Bottled in Bond Bourbon

This limited edition bottled-in-bond bourbon was first released in late 2017. It is still made with the brand’s high-rye bourbon mash bill recipe.

What We Know:

It follows all bottled-in-bond requirements including that it’s made in one distilling season by one distiller; it’s aged for at least 4 years; and is bottled at 100 proof.

Avg US Price: $55
ABV: 50%
Community Rating: 3.72 out of 5 stars (496 Ratings)

1792 Bourbon: 1792 Bottled in Bond Bourbon1792 Bottled in Bond Bourbon /Photo Credit: 1792 Bourbon

More Barton 1792 Bourbon Bottles to Know:

Thomas S. Moore Cask Finished Bourbon Whiskeys

Released at the end of 2020, this bourbon collection is named for Thomas S. Moore. He built what is now known as Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, KY back in 1879. Each bourbon is made with a high-rye bourbon mash bill and then is aged for many years in new, charred oak barrels. Then it is finished maturing in the secondary cask from a variety of select casks from around the world for an additional 1-3 years.

For now, there is a Port Finish, a Chardonnay Finish and a Cabernet Sauvignon Finish with more expected to be released each fall.


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