In keeping up with the competition, 1792 has released a new limited edition product dubbed “1792 – Aged Twelve Years”. Deciding to forego brevity with their naming is an interesting choice, but calling it “1792 12” wouldn’t have been much better I suppose. Let’s take a look the twelve year age-stated product from Barton.
1792 Aged Twelve Years is the latest expression out of Barton 1792 Distillery. Per the 1792 Bourbon website:
Twelve years is a long time to wait, but patience has its rewards. Starting with our signature “high rye” recipe, this impeccable bourbon whiskey is the satisfying result of maturing for more than a decade in the finest charred American white oak barrels. Rich flavors of vanilla and cocoa abound in this full-bodied bourbon. After spending twelve years in oak, the delicate fruit notes in this whiskey are met with a lingering smoky finish that is more complex than most.
As a fan of the 1792 Full Proof, a decent proof point of 96.6, and a twelve year age statement, I was very excited for this release. As soon as I heard the news, I contacted my sister in Louisville, KY to keep an eye out for this bottle and I messaged Barton 1792 Distillery to see if the bottle was going to be distributed to the New England area. After months of trying to track down it was with great excitement that the bottle arrived in New Hampshire. Obviously going into this tasting with some added excitement, let’s see if it lives up to my own built-up hype…
Nose – A little nutty, and some oak.
Taste – Dry, very oaky. This is my third time drinking now and the oak isn’t as overpowering, but is still the strongest note. Not astringent, but not a sweet oak taste. First time trying, I felt like it was smokey like a campfire–but not smokey like some Scotch can be. It is rounded out with the traditional vanilla and caramel notes that are expected in bourbon.
Finish – Decent finish for under 100 proof. Not very oily. Medium is a fair description on the length.
Bourbon Finder Grade: B-
As noted above, I was going in with high hopes for this bottle and while it is not a bad bourbon by any means, I am walking away from the tasting a bit disappointed. As a bourbon drinker who prefers the more traditional bourbon notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak, 1792 Aged Twelve Years delivers; however, this bottle lacks some sweetness and depth of flavors for me.
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