In 1792, Kentucky became a state. In 1876, Thomas Moore got his distillery from a Kentucky Bourbon aristocrat, John D. Willett. Then, he started creating one of the best Bourbons until Prohibition came and shut the party down. Today, on the same spot Tom's distillery stood, there's the Barton 1792 Distillery, which uses the same methods of distilling.
This straight Bourbon is made from corn, rye and malted barley, which gives a wonderful combination of classic buttered bread notes and a complex full-bodied taste. This amber wonder is aged in new American oak casks for at least 8 years in a special place on the edge of a high steep bank where it's warm and humid.
Once the Bourbon is old enough, they proof it with the local spring water, which is iron-free limestone water. That adds a touch of complexity and depth, while everything else is a result of magic Master Distiller Ken Pierce does to make sure his Bourbon is top notch. If you get your hands on this lavish experiment, enjoy it on a warm evening with flirtation in the air and sip it straight, or some ice if you feel like it. Expect a spicy and rye-rich trip. Its daintiness was awarded by a silver medal by The American Whiskey Masters in 2017.
Heavy Carmel and vanilla on the nose with slight burn overall good drinker on the rocks
Vanilla is very up front, but the aftertaste is complex and, in my opinion, where this bourbon truly shines.
Little spice initially but if you wait you get some caramel and a buttery taste at the end. I liked it but not sure I would get it again. For the price I would give it a shot, you may like it.
Smooth , sweet , creamy custard , with a short spike of spice ! Great sipper
This is a good pour
What a delight! Beautiful tastes and a smooth finish.
Wow, What a surprise.
Nice smoky taste right off the bat, with a strong sweet note to follow. Barely any burn, warms you up just a smidge.
Like it, has spice aroma. Can taste notes of spice (heat) and caramel.
Smooth and easy to sip.
This is great for everyday and old fashions. Very sweet bourbon so you need to balance that sweet with a dash more black walnut bitters and a smoked glass.
I really like this one! There is a definite vanilla sweetness about it which was not what I expected. I found this at Costco and said "what the hell I'll give it a try". Kinda reminded me of custard but with a spice. I will be keeping this one on hand from now on.
At the moment this is my favorite at this price point. Initially spicy and then settles to a smooth crisp taste.
It’s not bad, just not very memorable. I had heard so many good things, but it just doesn’t work for me.
Very enjoyable with great flavor.
Sharp, spicy at first. Scant caramel tones afterwards. Decent on ice.
One of the best small batch whiskies at this price.
I'm not a huge fan of rye whiskey, but with this being a rye blend it's actually quite smooth!
Very smooth and no burn at all.
I really enjoy sipping this. So delicious.
Very harsh whiskey not my favorite
Pretty decent flavor. A harsh after taste.
For the price very very smooth
Love it- very smooth very little bite- one of my favorites
Really smooth and warm
Great bourbon for the price. Smooth, easy drink.
Really like this, nice and smooth, good flavor. A well crafted whiskey. One of my favorites.
Sweet caramel and aromatic on the nose (some type of spice?) smelled really pleasant. Spicy and peppery with oak hits your tongue and richness follow by the sweetness of bourbon. The spice lingers and the oaky finish.
A decent ‘every day’ drinker (not that I do - lol). Good enough to avoid embarrassment when serving guests or stocking the party liquor table, but not quite good enough for any special occasion or sharing a drink with your best friends. The rye is obvious on the nose and palate, and the flavor and finish are faulty sweet.
Classic bourbon flavors with a nice fruitiness that gives it some additional interest. Great Vanilla/Brown sugar/dark cherry flavors with a moderate barrel spice. It's got a nice balance all the way through that I enjoy.
Spicy af the nose, def has a hint of carmel. Strong finish with fruity flavors.
Hints of banana
Good and simple. Not great, but smooth enough with just a nice spice.
It's average but not something I would buy again
Super middle of the road. No sweetness, no vanilla, no spice or oak, and even at this higher proof there is no "burn" on the pallet and nothing lingers. Nothing stands out. Nothing about this makes you want to come back for more.
It might be a great way to introduce bourbon to people who have only ever been beer drinkers, but if you are looking for an exciting whiskey, this isn't it.
It like a mediocre chain restaurant. It isn't going to be the best you have ever had, but it isn't going to be the worst either. Pretty forgettable.
A decent every day drink, and a good mixer.
Always a good choice.
Fruity but not too fruity. Solid "dessert drink" for a whiskey drinker.
Easy to drink
Good. Dry solid. Not hot, easy to drink. Use two cubes
Great everyday sipper!
One of my original favorites. Good price at Costco liquors
Not bad, somewhat smooth.
Not bad, fairly smooth.
Great, easy to find and afford pour. Fairly smooth without a lot of harshness.
Not a bad sipper
Great small batch
Not bad. Traditional Bourbon with traditional notes. The issue I have is that there isn't much more. in this one. I really like the heat and little bite I get and the nice vanilla notes on the nose.
Tasted this blind with Buffalo Trace and Elijah Craig Small Batch, and the 1792 was my favorite. They're all good daily sippers and none had a ton of personality, but I thought the 1792 had the best blend of sweet sugar and baking spice flavors, with some nice oak on the finish.
My go to bourbon from now on. Very smooth as in, not spicy, easy on the pallet. I could sip on this all night. Some coffee notes, some dark Carmel notes as well. I’m in love with this bourbon.
Nice bourbon, definitely at this price point. Dominant dry fruit and rye, I get hints of leather and caramel, a sweetness in the aftertaste.
very smooth slightly sweet
Great flavors and smooth finish. Great bottle for this price point.
Favorite bourbon so far.
For the price point this is a great bourbon for beginners
My favorite to sip over ice.
I always try to keep some 1792 in the house, but it doesn't last long. Very smooth, very approachable. You don't see it everywhere so its a bit under the radar, but man is it good!
I love this stuff, excellent nose,smooth and tasty, great finish.
What’s not to like?
Solid bourbon. Great price point.
Good with a tingling tongue.
My Favorite, as a neophyte. It is SO SMOOTH..... amazingly smooth.. NOT LIKE MAKER'S MARK.... so much smoother.. I love it... caramel at first with a strong smooth finish.
Solid and tasty daily drinker. Good flavor with some rye kick to it.
Excellent every day bourbon. Good flavor.
I put this in the same class as Maker's Mark. It's solid if unspectacular. It's consistently similar between bottles, and works great as a mixer. I also enjoy it in my flask, however when I sit down at the end of the day for a dram to savor, I'll pick sometime a bit more interesting.
Sweet caramel notes, spicy biscuit exhale
If I didn't know it was a bourbon, I'd have guessed rye. Solid flavor profile, very drinkable.
super smooth and excellent for an old fashioned
It's a good bottle, a little too subtle for me. I like a drink with more character.
Very good bottle, nice & sweet delicious taste , might finish this bottle in one night if you are not careful. You gotta put a cap on it and hide the bottle or you will run out quick. The Flavor is addicting.
I am still learning the Bourbon taste and flavor but this bottle will be on my bar "Forever". It's smooth and you get that nice warm feel with a smile. Will buy the small batch again.
Great everyday choice.
One of my favorites for old fashioned
A bit of bite didn’t get the sweet notes some mentioned. Definitely get a nice warm feel.
This is, to me, a great bourbon. It's smooth, sweet, and tasty. And, although I didn't let it affect my score, the price is amazing!
A great entry bourbon for those just getting into bourbon, or a solid budget sipper/mixer
Smooth. But too fruity.
I don't typically gravitate towards bourbans but this has been a repeat purchase of mine and is firmly seated in my top two.
Butterscotch and caramel notes, hints of fruit and toffee
Smooth, vanilla, custard, caramel.
Buttery hints of brown sugar with evolving flavors on the palate and has a warming clean finish.
In 1876, John D. Willett — one of Kentucky's original bourbon aristocrats — transferred his interest in the Willett & Frenke Distillery to his son-in-laws, Benjamin Mattingly and Thomas Moore. Mattingly and Moore continued to operate the Willett & Frenke Distillery together until 1881, when Mattingly finally sold his stake in the company to a group of investors. Within a few years, Thomas Moore acquired complete control over the distillery and eponymously renamed it. Moore would continue to operate the distillery for another five decades, until he was ultimately forced to close his doors at the onset of Prohibition.
After distillation, the bourbon is aged in new, American oak casks for a minimum of eight years in Warehouse Z on the distillery's estate in Bardstown, Kentucky. Warehouse Z is situated on the edge of a bluff and as a result, enjoys the intense heat and humidity that are ideal for maturing whiskey. "When it comes to barrel aging," says Ken Pierce, Barton 1792's master distiller, "it's just like real estate — location, location, location. That's why 1792 ages in Warehouse Z up there on the bluff." In addition, during the maturation process, Pierce samples each cask of bourbon as it rests to determine when the bourbon has reached its peak of maturity. "Quality in, quality out," says Pierce, who has over two decades of experience at the distillery. Once the bourbon has matured for a minimum of eight years, it is brought to proof with water drawn from the Tom Moore spring. The iron-free, Kentucky limestone water — the same water used by Moore over a century ago when crafting his own whiskey — adds a subtle touch of complexity and depth to the bourbon.
Very nice bourbon for the price, it’s tasty enough to stand to my more decorated bottles, at a great price. Just picked up another one to keep on hand.
very strong flavour almost too spicy
Very flavorful with a bit of a kick. Good for the price.
Sweet smell with a hint on rye, easy on the taste buds at first taste but has a peppery/spicy lingering taste. A smooth taste with a notes of butterscotch and pepper
Very good pour for the cost. Smooth and great finish.
One of my favorite! Just all around great bourbon. Always have a bottle on the counter.
Very nice rye flavor in a bourbon. Dried cherries, rye bread, and a smooth spice to finish. 1792 is great for the price
Spicey notes. Rough finish
Great inexpensive sipper. Goes great in an old fashioned. The bread/custard flavors come out quite a bit when paired with walnut bitters.
Really surprised by the quality of this bourbon for the price range. It was very smooth with very little bite. Made an excellent Old Fashioned.
Fruity at first (banana/fig?) and enough rye to taste without overpowering. Little spice at the end and overall very nice finish. Excellent low cost bourbon that compares well with the higher dollar choices.
Made an old fashioned with it! Great aroma! Not bitter. Not bad at all for the $24 price tag!
Great bang for the buck ! This is my go to everyday drinker .
Really interesting combination of dark fruit on the nose that gives way to rye and spiciness. The spicy bite really lingers on the finish. There are other soft sweet flavors mixed in there as well, making for a nicely complex bourbon.
I like it as a reasonably priced day to day bourbon, I like others for special celebrations but for a quick cocktail at the end of the day it works great.
Strong banana flavor that I personally can’t stand. It lingers throughout the experience. It’s not for me.
Smooth, but might be a headache if more than a little
Very nice, clean and friendly bourbon. Not terribly complex but a great bottle to always have on the shelf. Not super sweet, a little spice and oak, nicely balanced. Good bang for your buck whiskey.
Everybody needs a smooth- great tasting Boubon that is affordable. At first sip you taste the sweetness and then the spice softly says hello! I like it after a hot day served over a single square of ice, and I don't wince when the bottle runs dry! Cheers!
Smooth and nice finish. Great value for the price.
Great for cocktails, old fashioned and in coke.
This is very smooth for such a strong bourbon, in my opinion.
Light honey color; medium legs on the thinner side; bright sweet smell; quick finish; slight lingering spice with notes of summer fruit - peach.
Overall very nice. Good summer whiskey. Need to try on the rocks.
Good value bourbon. Everyday drinker. Great price and availability.
Fruit and spice are upfront on the nose, almost to the point of burning your eyes if you visit too long. Although hints of caramel, cinnamon-like bread notes are present, the spiciness takes over the whole palette and leaves a cleaner finish to be desired. I’ve found adding a few drops of water tame the spice down a bit to make it tolerable while sipping. Also, if you’ prefer a hotter Old Fashion, this is a great alternative.
Bought on a wild hair and loved it
Smooth and great finish.
Great flavor, taste smooth with a big ice cube!!
Great value & smooth taste
Very Smooth...Has a classic taste!
Not my favorite. I can drink it, but there are much better options out there.
Good value for money. Smooth.
So smooth! Almost no burn. Just really great flavor.
Classic- fits the price, always available, solid everyday sipper.
A good, solid flavor and finish. Great to sip.
Excellent Price Point and rivals other brands at twice the cost. Doesn't blow you away but a great economical go-to. And by no means is it bad. Great flavor and finish
A good bourbon but nothing to write home about. In this price range I’d reach for Buffalo Trace first, but this is still a decent bottle and nothing to stick your nose up at. Cheers
Currently I have the Full Proof bottle and you can't go wrong. Smooth taste. It's now a go to; after I went to Kentucky.
Good price point and decent flavor. Seems like it is missing something in the middle. Maybe more body or spice needed.
Smooth texture, easy taste. Close rival to
This is a very nice bourbon for the price. Nice sweet, vanilla, caramel start. Good finish, but kinda short. Not enough spice for me. This is a great price point bourbon.
This was a gift for my boss. He enjoyed it so much, that I ordered one for myself. Waiting for mine to arrive so I can enjoy it too.
I would actually say 7.5. Sweet at first, a nice spicy tingle on top of the tongue. Very good value and easily drinkable. I wish I was able to pick up more smells and flavors but reading through reviews is helpful if you can’t figure it out.
Wasn’t sure what to expect and found it to be a nice rye nose with pleasant smoothness on the back end.
Sweet with a big hint of rye.
Sweet, but the spicy notes are overpowering by the end. Would be better in a mixed drink than straight up.
Well balanced and smooth.
Nose: Leather, orange, vanilla, nuts, oak, burnt sugar. Nutmeg and cinnamon in the background.
Palate: Powerful rye, with vanilla custard. Lots of spiciness. You can taste the oak, and then dark toffee, honey, pine resin and tobacco.
Finish: Long finish, with finish of caramel, barrel char and spicy notes that fade slowly.
Balance and smooth, great for the price
Great bourbon. Can’t beat the price.
Not true in every case, however here you get what you pay for. Hits you up front and then is sweet like maple syrup. The finish isn't hot but lingers in a good way. Good budget whiskey. It may not be what you start with but makes for a good night cap unless you have a bold and high abv whisky on reserve.
This 1792 small batch has a smoothness that is uncharacteristic of such an affordable bourbon. Highly recommend.
A bunch of different flavors mashed together / bite on the front end. A much smoother simpler finish.
Very sweet on the nose with a small hint of brown sugar. Sweet to spicy to maple syrup flavor, but sweet dominates. Slight charing on the finish but quite pleasant and mellow.
Adding water mellows the sweetness and adds a hint of coffee on the nose. Balanced and Blends the flavors together very nicely. Finish is extremely smooth. Would like to try on the Rocks.
9/10 with water
A bit strong on the fruity/acidic flavors at first but with a dash of sugar water the flavor becomes much more appealing. Would recommend to a Brandy drinker just getting started with whiskey.
Excellent bourbon, really an 8.5. Smooth and delicious.
Very nice and good value. Complex - not sweet style more rye and spice
Makes a great Manhattan or old fashion
I really like the rich flavors and the finishing taste. Quickly becoming one of my favorite bourbons!