DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Nose: Charred Oak, Sweet Corn, Banana Bread, Toffee, Cinnamon Spice, Vanilla, Rye
Taste: Sweet corn, Citrus Fruit, Oak, Spice, Smokey Oak, Vanilla, Malt, Rye Bread
Finish: Long and Smooth, Spicy Rye, Charred Oak and some slight heat
This beautiful Bourbon is 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It was also sent to me from the fine folks at Sazerac / Buffalo Trace.This is another one of those bottles that just shines. No water, no ice, just sip it neat.
I had a hard time with which “Pocket” to put this in. It ranges from $29.99 – $31.99. Ultimately, I decided that at 29.99 you are still going to spend more than $30, which is the cap. So this one moves to the top of “Bourbon Under $59.99“. It only just squeaked into the top spot. I’d like to do a head to head with this and Bulleit 10 Year Old. On to the review
The nose on this is one of the most complex yet. It has to be drawn out and allowed to breathe. Don’t try to inhale it to fast, it does have a slight burn and can hinder the aromas. It smells so good that you the urge to see what it tastes like is strong. Resist and let the nose be drawn out, it makes the first sip that much better.
The flavor of good bourbon is right there, along with a few flavor profiles I haven’t had before. Rye usually comes through as spice, but with this it was more like bread. The malt was stronger than what I am used to. Not bad, just pronounced. All in all I think the whole mouth feel is what really sets this one apart from the others. It engages your whole mouth. You can feel it everywhere.
When you swallow, you get a nice long finish full of Spicy Rye and charred oak. There is also a bit of heat with this one. It really warms the throat on the way down. It has a slight bite, but not as much as I’d like.
All in all this is a great Bourbon. The price is in the right neighborhood, and it isn’t going to leave you disappointed. Not really a beginners Bourbon, more of an intermediary. It’s definitely something even old pros would enjoy too. Unfortunately I have been sipping on this bottle for the last two weeks, so it is almost gone. Definitely will be buying another one. After trying this, I’d really love to get my hands on the 1792 Sweet Wheat. If you haven’t heard, 1792 is replacing the Rye in their mashbill with Wheat giving it a sweeter profile.
Well this is the last review from the last round of tastings. We have a whole new round coming up this weekend. So look forward to Rum aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels, Vodka made from corn, and a lot of whisk(e)y. We are still predominantly whisk(e)y, and those first two reviews will be from a whisk(e)y drinkers perspective. Should be fun. Thanks for reading.
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