This is a spirit I had years ago as one of my introductions to bourbon. It has a spot in my heart for sure, but I always seem to underestimate its goodness.
SETTING: In the midst of stress and chaos (not unlike what one might find at a six-year-old's birthday party where the children are a bit enthusiastic with the water balloons and the pinata has seen better days), this is a deep breath in a bottle. Tune out Timmy's obnoxious dad and Susie's gossiping mother with some spirit. Your soul will thank you for the calming respite and give you your own grown-up birthday cake to munch on. No, of course you don't have to share! Have your cake and sip it too! ;)
- Made in: Kentucky, USA
- Distiller: Barton 1792 Distillery
- Age: nas (early releases were 8 yrs.)
- Mash bill: undisclosed (likely corn=75%, wheat=15%, barley=10%)
- Casks: new-charred oak; char: #3.5
- Barrel Entry Proof: 125
- ABV: 45.6% (91.2 proof)
- Enjoyment method: neat from a Glencairn glass with father and fellow reviewer, Brian Dawson (username: bdawson57). Check out his review for this bourbon and many others on his profile!
So gentle and sweet on the nose. Softness is likely due to the wheat (hence the name). Nevertheless, the softness makes me think of red delicious apples. The bourbon warmth presents as a simple syrup that's seconds from becoming caramel. New oak accompanies such flavors very nicely.
- Mouth feel: soft. Not unlike a cloud.
- Balance: Great. Not heavy-handed with sweetness, but just right.
- Visual: clinging crown with very few legs.
- Taste: The softness (there really isn't a better fitting word) of the grain is very present without a lot of bourbon burn. While I thought that apples would be dominant, there's a citrus element that sits comfortably next to that apple. Not at all bad. The caramelly bit mixes together with nutmeg. You know where I'm going with this. That's right. Apple pie. Somebody get me some vanilla ice cream. I think the vanilla already sitting in the Glencairn on the taste is perfect to bring every flavor out and help each one be heard and appreciated. I'm pleased to say a Kentucky chew just makes everything pop more.
- Lasting power: As far as a bourbon feel goes, short finish. As for flavors... maybe medium. It's not a bad thing either. The shortness fits with the story this spirit is trying to tell.
- No More: The vanilla grows in intensity the further I get down the glass. The pastry of the pie somehow morphs into a vanilla cake. I know. Weird. While I love the pie, this is still nice. Definitely gives very soothing vibes. The empty Glencairn glass smells like subtle oak and vanilla and caramel. *sigh*