Given the array of single malts available from Scotland alone it is sometimes difficult to make time for other types of whisky. It didn’t take me long to find a handful of bourbons that would keep me happy but I am also mindful to revisit this style just in case I have overlooked a gem – this being something that tastes better and is cheaper than Eagle Rare 10. I am yet to find such a bourbon yet. This 1792 is one I have been meaning to try for a while as it is priced roughly on par with the Eagle Rare 10 and carries a lot of respect in the US. Worth a try I guess.
Whisky: 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 46.85%
Nose: Salted caramel, vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, cherry, menthol
Taste: Cherry menthol, vanilla, cinnamon, aniseed, toffee, charred oak
Finish: Cherry cola, charred oak
Summary: This is a solid bourbon. The only thing that lets it down is the heavy oak influence which is a bit too much for me. Besides this there is a nice cherry menthol and then cherry cola characteristic to this which I like. The usual suspects are present such as vanilla, toffee and butterscotch. There is meant to be a notable amount of rye in this but I did not pick much spice. This is a good bourbon but the oakiness lets it down for me. I would have this at a bar but would place is at my backup if I ever struggle to get hold of the Eagle Rare 10. That spot is held by Elijah Craig Small Batch.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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