Review No.181. 1792 Small Batch

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

Score: 2.75

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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