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The Barton Distillery produces a lot of brands. Besides their top retail Bourbon is the 1792 nameplate, they also have the more downstream brands, some of them also bearing the Barton name.

These include “Very Old Barton Straight Bourbon” and “Barton American Whiskey” (which includes two blends) — both are considered “value” brands. Their "Very Old Barton" was named a “best buy” by The Whiskey Advocate.

It is a solid Bourbon flavor, decent mouth feel, and even a bit of complexity. Look for flavors of caramel corn and stewed apples with a dash of orange zest and a dry finish.
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  • creamy vanilla
  • syrup
  • peach
  • orange juice
  • ginger
  • lime juice
  • apple
  • caramel
  • lemon
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Barton 1792 Distillery
For a while the distillery was named "Barton" and they launched the Barton line of Bourbon and other sporots. But there never was a person named "Barton" in the company history. So it seems to have been chosen because it sounded like a good name for Kentucky Bourbon.
Barton 1792 Distillery
The signature "1792 Bourbon" product line got its name from the year that Kentucky became an official state in the United States.
Barton 1792 Distillery
Bardstown is called "The Bourbon Capital of the World" for good reason. In addition to The Barton 1792 Distillery, the town is home to three other massive production facilities, including Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, and Marker's Mark (located just outside of town in Loretto).


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The Barton Distillery — now officially called the “Barton 1792 Distillery” — was started in 1874, by Ben Mattingly in Bardstown, Kentucky, near a bend in the Beech Fork River. He chose the site because of a natural spring on the site (Morton’s Spring).

Tom Moore, an employee there, and another fellow employee bought the distillery and named it Morton Spring Distillery. The two ran it until 1881, when they sold it to a group of outside investors.

Moore stayed as an employee at the shop, but soon grew restless and bought the lot next door to open a brand new competing distillery. His new operation soon outstripped his former employer to the point he was able to re-purchase Morton Spring Distillery, and merge the two operations.

He renamed the combined operation “The Thomas Moore Distillery,” and everything went very well until Prohibition. When Prohibition came to an end, Tom Moore got things going again, but by then he was an old man.

So as soon as production was returned, he sold the property. It was bought and sold and traded a few times, and in the mix of ownership changes, the name got changed to The Barton Distillery.

Eventually future investors came on board and renamed the distillery, the “Tom Moore Distillery.” It was during this time that their 1792, and Barton Bourbon products became very popular.

Sazerac came along and bought them out in 2009, and decided to capitalize on the brand names, rather than historic ones, rechristening the entire operation “The Barton 1792 Distillery.” 

Barton the brand produces a very wide range of Bourbons and other spirits, but most of the Bourbon produced at the Barton 1792 Distillery goes into the two namesake Bourbons.

The facility is huge, with 51 individual structures laid out over several hundred acres — including 29 massive storage rick-houses. It is said that those rick-house holds upwards of 2,000,000 barrels of Bourbon, roughly equal to 530 million bottles.
Distillery info:
  • Country United States
  • Established 1879
  • Owner Sazerac Company
  • Status Active
  • Address 300 Barton Road, Bardstown, KY 40004
  • Phone (866) 239-4690
  • Website
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