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Ridgemont 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

1792 Bourbon

Stumbling upon a hidden gem is a rarity that brings with it a sense of delightful surprise. Enter the Ridgemont 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon by Barton 1792; a refined and complex spirit crafted with precision and care.

Barton 1792 Distillery

Before we dive into the nuances of Ridgemont 1792, let's take a moment to appreciate the heritage of the Barton distillery. Established in 1879, it stands as the oldest fully operational distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Nestled in the heart of Bourbon country, with 29 warehouses spanning 196 hectares, Barton 1792 pays homage to Kentucky—the very birthplace of American Bourbon whiskey.

From Ridgewood to 1792 Bourbon

The story of Ridgemont 1792 takes an interesting twist through its evolution from Ridgewood Reserve 1792 to 1792 Richmond Reserve and finally settling on 1792 Bourbon. A legal tussle prompted the rebranding, and the whiskey we now savor showcases a mash bill boasting a generous helping of rye, creating a full-bodied profile enriched with herbal spices, caramelized sugar, buttered corn, and toasted oak—hallmarks of a high-quality bourbon. The addition of 1792 is attributed to the year that Kentucky became part of the United States officially.

1792 Bourbon bottle close up

The Ridgemont 1792 Experience

This small batch Bourbon, has a buttery warmth on the nose with hints of sweet vanilla, paving the way for black pepper, smoky oak tones, and a hint of cinnamon. The palate unfolds with a cascade of burnt caramel, winterty spices and that unmistakable rye flavour. The finish is a sweet encore, resonating with caramel notes and the delightful oaky essence that characterizes this Bourbon.

A Winter Cocktail Adventure?

While I envision enjoying this bourbon both under the winter sun and cocooned beneath a cozy blanket, the lingering question remains: how would Ridgemont 1792 fare in a winter cocktail? Stay tuned as I explore the possibilities in an upcoming winter cocktail blog, inviting you to join the journey of mixology with this intriguing spirit.

Outside the 1792 barrel house

Ridgemont 1792 Bourbon is not just a drink; it's a tale of heritage, evolution, and flavor. As we raise our glasses to the craftsmanship of Barton 1792, I encourage you to embark on your own exploration of this hidden gem. Whether you're a seasoned bourbon enthusiast or a curious newcomer, there's always room for discovery. Here's to the thrill of the unknown and the joy of finding a bourbon that surprises and delights!

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