Oak Point Fresh Market - 1792 Full Proof
1792 Full Proof comes from the Barton 1792 Distillery. It’s owned by the Sazerac Company. If you’ve been reading for a while now, you’ll recognize Sazerac because they own both Buffalo Trace and A. Smith Bowman. Unlike A. Smith Bowman however, Barton distills everything themselves; they don’t get any distillate from Buffalo Trace. The Barton Distillery may sound familiar to some of y’all because it made headline news a few times over the last couple of years. Almost a year ago now, in June 22, 2018, a rickhouse (bourbon storage building) partially collapsed and 9,000 barrels fell down. Two weeks later the rest of the warehouse collapsed. If you’re on any sort of Facebook bourbon group, then you definitely saw someone post about this incident.
So that’s the distillery…onto the bourbon! 1792 has a slew of limited one-off releases, i.e. a specialty release of a bourbon like their Sweet Wheat or Port Finish. The Full Proof started off as a specialty release that has made it into full product rotation. Contrary to popular belief, the Full Proof is not actually a barrel proof whiskey. It does have a high AB (it comes in at 125 proof), but it is not cask strength. It’s called Full Proof because the bourbon goes into the barrel at 125 proof, and that is what they proof it down to before bottling. This is also a NAS (no age statement) bottle but according to their 2016 press release: it was aged 8.5 years. We don’t exactly know the mashbill either, but we expect it to be 75% corn, 15% rye and 10% barley.
When you first pour a glass, you will get a bit of ethanol on the nose. That is common for high proof bourbons. I then got a lot of tobacco and leather, two things I love to smell in my bourbon. The nose gets very delightful as it mellows out. The taste is where this bourbon will shine. I get lots of oak (which is a bit unique for a bourbon that’s 8 years old or probably less), vanilla, and this great raisin flavor profile. I am not a fan of raisins normally but in this bourbon, it seriously works. The finish is where this bourbon takes a tumble. I get a HOT finish with, again, lots of oak and woodiness. It definitely burns the tongue more than I would like for a bourbon, even a high proof bourbon.
The verdict on this bourbon is pretty simple honestly. I give it a 4 out of 5 pours. It’s definitely a great step into the higher proof bourbons while not breaking the bank. Oak Point is charging $45 for this bottle, which is a hell of a deal. Barton is also a classic Kentucky Distillery that doesn’t get a lot of love, unfortunately. Let’s change that and enjoy this bourbon! Have you tried this barrel pick yet? Let me know in the comment section below. What other barrel picks from around town should I review? Thanks as always & good luck with the bourbon hunt!
David Steele BSoBR, Co-Founder