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Bottling NameRidgemont Reserve 1792
Bottled ByBarton Brands, Ltd. Bardstown,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content93.7 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Not Available Duty Free: Not Available Europe: Not Available
Age8
Views (since 20080612) 75186
Bottling Info<From BartonBrands Website> The Toast of Kentucky, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve is a distinctively smooth, handcrafted small-batch bourbon, patiently aged 8 years in new charred oak barrels in Bardstown, Kentucky. This 93.7 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was named for the year Kentucky became a state. Rich and velvety, it's the perfect bourbon for toasting any special occasion - in fact, it's the Official Toasting Bourbon of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.



Review from Duewester (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2240, Created:20130914160425)
Purchased at:Frugals, Greenwood SC
Purchased for:$29.99
Info on this bottle:Barrel Select, Small Batch, Long Heritage
Nose:[Olfactory impressions]I used a Glencairn with a top. Once I got past the burn there was a soft caramel and 'old library' smell. The spice is more of a sensation than a smell. Reminds me of the days when I smoked a pipe.
Taste:[Description of the initial taste impression]Very mello on the cheeks with a slight burn on the tongue. The caramel is more like a simmered sugar and I can almost see the chocolate chip cookies sitting on the stove.
Finish:[Description of the lingering taste impression]Very pleasant. I had some Jeffersons Reserve that I thought I could drink forever and this is very much like it. Mellow and sweet, almost oily the way it rolls off the pallet and down the throat. No 'real' burn but just that little tingle that comes with a spicy bourbon
Overall:[Overall impression of this bottling]Well, I could do worse but I'd have to work at it. I bought this because I didn't have any and it had a lot of dust on the bottle. I'm a sucker for dust. I place this one with my Jeffersons Reserve. A good sipping whiskey with a mild nose and an even taste.

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Review from Watson Roadster (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2238, Created:20130907014102) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Oswego Wine and Liquor,Oswego,New York
Purchased for:$30.23 US...Would've been over $50 up here on the other side of the border!!!
Info on this bottle:1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select Kentuck Straight Bourbon Whiskey...(Back Label)...Chracter:Rich flavour,velvety...DSP# DSP-KY-12...Warehouse Z...Approved:Ken Pierce...Small Batch Aged 8 Years
Nose:Caramel...Leather...A hint of honey...I swear I'm getting a slight coconut thing going on (must be my allergies)...And the ever present oak...
Taste:Initial rye spice...A very muted sweetness...Oak...Barrel char...Alcohol...Actually,fairly straight forward...Nothing like the nose said might be there...
Finish:Not...Very...Long...But what's there gives a lingering rye spice,oak,and,barrel char with some of the initial sweetness creeping back in...Also,a hint of menthol...
Overall:My first Barton offering...Kinda...Meh...Solid...Nothing spectacular...I'm glad I got it in the States and not in Ontario...I'd be really let down if I had to pay 50 bucks plus...

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Review from KettleOne (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2097, Created:20120720164225)
Purchased at:ABC Store, Chapel Hill, NC
Purchased for:39
Info on this bottle:Rickhouse Z, DSP KY 12, 8 years
Nose:The nose is very good. Smells rich, with hints of brown sugar or caramel. It is sweet to me. I don't get any oak like some of the other reviewers. But, as you'll see, the nose doesn't imply a super sweet taste. This smells like the good bourbon it is.
Color is a deep red, amber. I terrible at colors. Looks tasty...
Taste:At first, the taste is sweet, but right when you think it'll be awful like Blanton's it hits you with some strong oak. Then it stings the tough with a minty flavor. I liken this bourbon to Eagle Rare 17, which is a similar proof but tastes like a 100 proofer.
Finish:The finish is terrific. For a lower proof bourbon (I prefer 100 plus proof for whatever reason), this one is terrific. I have no doubt that my esteemed friends had some bad batches, which is entirely possible! However, this bottle I have is one of my favorite whiskeys. I think because 1) I can drink more of it in a glass due to its lower proof and 2) there's deep flavors.
Overall:I love this bourbon. I'm going to buy another bottle tomorrow since I notice that with single barrels or small batch/barrel select (like this one) I can get some consistency between bottles. This one is good! Besides, my collection consists of 100 dollar or more bottles and I need an everyday pour (I can't drink Stagg and Amer Spirit every day and I'm down to my last bottle of Kentucky Spirit so I have to conserve, folks). This one fits the bill perfectly. Ridgemont, you found a loyal fan! Keep up the good work.

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Review from Wasatch (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2028, Created:20120108142930)
Purchased at:Layton, UT
Purchased for:$27 750ml
Nose:Very nice dark golden color.

WOW! Very nice nose of vanilla, slight oak, and some cinimmon.
Taste:The taste is very nice, sweet, with some oakyness, slightly spicy. Goes down very smoothly.
Finish:Medium body. Kinda oily texture. Nice medium finish. One of the smoothes I've had to date.
Overall:Very nice, would seek out again. Definitely would recommend this one.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2017, Created:20111221160040, Updated:20111221161356)
Purchased at:Gift from Liquor Store (Rocky)
Purchased for:Nada
Info on this bottle:Kris Comstock Series Single Barrel
Nose:Rich in vanilla, oak, rye, allspice, and some organo/earthy aromas. There is a mite of that Barton chaulky aroma that (to me) is a signature aroma of Barton....... not off putting at all, it adds interest and complexity. The nose says this will be very good bourbon.
Taste:Rich, thick, creamy barrel flavors of vanilla, mild (but slightly insistent) oak tannins, orange marmelade, and pepper, cinnamon, and ginger spices. There is a nice balanced subtlety in the midst of the sip that lifts this bourbon into the excellent category. I think (pure unadulterated speculation here) that the subtlety results from that hint of limestone chaulky element I noted above in the nose.
Finish:Lenghty and spicy finish with loads of flavor left over.
Overall:Very fine bourbon.......... the best Barton I have yet had. This bottle will not last a long time. I compared this to 6 YO 90 proof Very Old Barton and they are brothers to be sure. The 1792 is specially selected and may be a bit older..... or not. The 1792 is a richer and more complex bourbon, but has the Barton House Flavor. I appreciate that Barton 'touch' now more than I used to.

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Review from Gant (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1928, Created:20110222231416)
Purchased at:Giant Eagle, South Euclid, OH
Purchased for:$29
Nose:Vanilla, cream corn, clove, pepper, vanilla, anise. When cold the nose is predominantly alcohol with an increasing complexity as it warms.
Taste:Lively and spicy on the front of the tongue(almost rye-like) with a hint of sweetness at mid-palate.
Finish:Very smooth, slightly sweet, moderate in duration with a bit of lingering heat.
Overall:I would concur with Mike that this bourbon isn't quite sure what it is given its dry to sweet characteristic. Initially, I wasn't overly impressed but now after 3 or 4 separate tastings over a couple of months I have come to enjoy this bourbon. Not on my "A" list but certainly worth having around.

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Review from rst (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1848, Created:20100621041635, Updated:20100621050447)
Purchased at:ben's in reno, nv
Purchased for:24.00$
Info on this bottle:warehouse 2 or Z not sure which DSP-KY-12???
Nose:a medicinal grape-iness...not unpleasnt.
Taste:a dry, crisp vapor that is honey-ish sweet
Finish:peppery toasted mellow citrus
Overall:got it on a shelf sign special. had never had this bourbon before.

it is a friendly bourbon but not a knock out pour.

the dry, crisp vapor part is appealing and is good neat and may make some distinctive mixed drinks.

worthy of adding to ones rotating bourbon-a-rama

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Review from Teflon (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1807, Created:20100216005839)
Purchased at:Owensboro, Kentucky
Purchased for:$26
Nose:Quite stronge orange with brown sugar and spice. Tea aroma.
Taste:Very refined start, spicy. Although somewhat simple compared to many bourbons the taste is quite pleasing. You know sometimes simple can be better than complex and this is a good example of that concept.
Finish:Oh boy. Watch out here. The finish is real nice and strong and says OAK AND MORE OAK. Personally, I feel the best part of 1792 is the finish and it is unmistakeable. Great finish.
Overall:Okay, I may get some comments on this one. I think 1792 is a fine bourbon and it is well worth stocking. BUT, what I have been doing lately is using 1792 to blend with other bourbons due to it's splendid finish. For example, mix 50/50 1792 w/ Woodford Reserve and check that concoction out. Woodford takes the lead and 1792 polishes it off w/ the finish. I routinely use 1792 to blend and it's a lot of fun. Go ahead there are no rules my friends...only your taste buds sit in judgement! Comments??

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Review from mrviognier (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1801, Created:20100212182341)
Purchased at:
Nose:Orange blossom, charred oak, flint, copper, creme brulee, pronounced heat.
Taste:Medium to full body, round mouthfeel. A bit one-dimensional. Entry is viscous, but is disappointingly thinned out by the alcohol.
Finish:Finish is quick - sadly so - with a lingering note of caramel and orange.
Overall:Certainly a Bourbon that's lacking. Thin, short, very little character...and what there is is marred by alcohol that's poorly integrated. I've had BiBs and 100+ proofs that didn't show their alcohol as much. An easy pass in future.

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Review from kystormwatch (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1490, Created:20090216183149) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Liquor Barn (2/2009)
Purchased for:$23
Info on this bottle:Standard Bottle - Warehouse Z
Nose:Nice aroma, but very light. Cut oak, some caramel. You really have to search for much beyond that.
Taste:Pepper. The rye comes through strongly early on. Later a bit of mint or menthol. Not much sweetness is present.
Finish:You think this is going to have a big long lasting finish based on the spiciness you get early on. But it doesn't hang on very long. Not much body to it.
Overall:I have to agree with some of the other reviews that this bourbon somehow tastes younger than its 8 years. its like a playful puppy that nips at you on first meeting and then meekly hides when scolded. It doesn't have what it takes to stand up to any intense scrutiny. That being said, if you're looking for a simple bourbon with just a little bit of a kick, this might be for you. Value? I think it is a reasonably good value at the price I paid. I would not say that if it were to go much higher.

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Review from azoth_melusina (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1404, Created:20081230143954)
Purchased at:PLCB store in Broomall
Purchased for:23.99 ($4 off...on sale)
Nose:oak, alcohol, hard-to-place sweetness (almost burned molasses...but in the kitchen and i'm down here in the basement)...maybe vanilla
Taste:smooth but laminated with high rye spiciness (VERY wild turkey-ish...wasn't like this first time i had it last fall); maybe my previous experience is tainting my objectivity...expecting more of a butterscotchiness, but getting a less stellar impression; that alcohol nose is not translated into an alcohol taste...the astringency is more the rye (i guess) that did cross the pasture from nose to taste...if anything, tastes younger than 8 years...something not punchy enough here (and it's not proof)...i hate to say this, but it's more like confusion than complexity. mike's earlier review is right on about the indecisiveness...it's sweet, but dry...etc etc...(sigh)
Finish:back to woodiness, some spiciness, a tad of leather...almost thought i sensed something 'floral' but then again, i think that was just another ghost.
Overall:i only hope this opens up. and sad to think i am 'glad' it was on sale. maybe this was just one of those bottles i had over a year ago that i was comparing to--at the time--a small variety of pours tried. i had yet to try Stagg, Rare Breed, Handy Sazerac, WTRR101...ok, it's not a high proof, but gosh darn it, i think i enjoyed that weakling 1981 commemorative bottle of JD that was a 90 proofer. please, don't tell me i'm going bananers! no, really, this is really good, but for the price...and the expectation (8 years! barrel select!) i expect more, no matter that Stagg has sashayed across my tongue once...and T. Handy tap danced off the stage (last night....that bottle's gone). simply hoping this bottle 'opens up' in the meantime.

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1152, Created:20080615233542) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Kappy's - Fitchburg MA
Purchased for:$20.99 (good deal)
Info on this bottle:8 Year Small Batch DSP-KY-12 (BARTON)
Nose:Orange Peel, Heavy Citrus, Alcohol, Vinegar & White Pepper. A slight mentholated vapor; somewhat phenolic and raw. Sweet & Sour, yet very little complexity. Char or no char? Young & Immature wood.
Taste:Cane Sugar, Sweet Rye, and lots of Buttered Popcorn.
Finish:Extremely long and lush. Several minutes of butter moving to lightly salted corn-on-the-cob. Long lingering... (outstanding!)
Overall:You simply have to drink this to understand it - initially, when it hits your palette - it comes across like Old Grand Dad 100. Unidimensional, until the burn delivers a grand finish that goes on-and-on-and-on. Personally, I have never had anything quite like it. It's a conversation piece worth trying simply for the grand finish, that's if you can make it through the initial stages... BB

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Review from birdman1099 (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 951, Created:20071218200907) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:
Purchased for:$30
Proof Of this Bottle:93.7
Nose:a really weak nose. i sence a few hints of leather and vanilla.
Taste:a stronger that than the nose represents, but not too overwhelming.
Finish:the finnish is quick and pleasing.
Overall:i really like this bourbon. It is a smooth bourbon with a great taste. You really can't go wrong with this bottle.

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Review from iconoklaztor (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 794, Created:20070612160622)
Purchased at:BigRed in Bloomington
Purchased for:gift
Info on this bottle:Birthday Gift
Proof Of this Bottle:93.7
Nose:sweet smells of honey, leather, caramels. beautiful colors and coats the glass perfectly.
Taste:heavy zip to it. the taste likes to hang around and makes you wait. Once you get it its sweet, dry, and profound.
Finish:drops off fast and leaves you with grains and honey notes
Overall:A GREAT free bday present! ;-)

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Review from warhawk (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 684, Created:20070114234428)
Purchased at:
Purchased for:30
Info on this bottle:warehouse Z
Nose:Soft and syrupy
Taste:I am new to apprecating bourbons. At first I loved it. Now like Makers Mark, I will put this in the dull and unchalanging category
Finish:sweet
Overall:It is good to keep on hand for more timid friends who like something very smooth. I will stick with something a little harder.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 594, Created:20060926115520) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Somewhere else - previous review bottle seems to have been tainted
Purchased for:$29
Nose:A nose that takes a wee bit of coaxing, but yields a pleasing complex of dry oak, vanilla, caramel, leather, rye spiciness, corn, nuts, and char that almost makes it into Tennessee..........a good nose, but not a great nose.
Taste:A mild sweetness followed up by a spicy rye that grabs hold in mid-palate. Nothing seems to want to assert itself, I find the taste a bit timid, with the sweetness taking over almost by default..........a good taste, but not a great taste.
Finish:A moderate finish that lasts a respectable time, but its calling card is confusiing to me...........am I sweet, am I spicy, am I dry, who am I? This confusion does contribute to complexity.
Overall:This is my third review of 1792, and this bottle is clearly superior to the first. But, still, it is not a bourbon about which I can get excited. It is certainly not a bad bourbon, but I wouldn't want momma to think this is my favorite, cause if it was, she would take me to the woodshed! For those who like this bourbon a great deal, I salute you...........for me, I'd prefer something with a bit more zip!

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 575, Created:20060821151439, Updated:20091016110915) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$29
Nose:Squah on the vine. Yep, smells like a garden to me. A weak nose that yells organic matter and water. I don't get the aromas I like, no vanilla, no cream, no nuts, no leather, no corn, and I understand it not!
Taste:The taste is a bit better than the nose with a hint of sweetness, some nice spice at mid-palate and that about sums it up. I know that water is not supposed to have a taste, but RR tastes watery to me, without good definition. Even the alcohol seems passive in this bourbon.
Finish:Moderately long thanks to a spicy finish. The finish has a bit of sweetness to it, but is not long lasting in flavor and lacks that liveliness that alcohol can bring in a 93.7 proof bourbon
Overall:The eight years that Ridgemont Reserve spent in the barrel were not well spent. RR frittered away its time in other pursuits rather than fraternizing with the barrel as it should have been. Although the alcohol edge was taken off a bit, it lacks true bourbon character. I will not purchase another bottle. This bourbon separates my palate from that of many of my fellow BE tasters as no other does. I find this stuff to be a poor quality bourbon. It lacks aroma and richness in massive degree. It don't crank my tractor some atall. Mayhap I have a bad bottle..............this is my second review from the same bottle, maybe I need to try another........cause this one came from the gutter!! This is some bad bourbon, and I almost never say that! Yuck! I tried to give it to a friend and even he said, 'No thanks'!!

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 462, Created:20060426083803)
Purchased at:Bourbon's Bistro Bar
Purchased for:8.00
Info on this bottle:Standard Bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:93.7
Nose:Oak and fine tobacco with caramel and dates and a hint of fine leather.
Taste:A little oily with caramel and oak tannins and pepper spice.
Finish:Long and dry with oak tannins and only a hint of caramel, but still very pleasant.
Overall:A good bourbon to have neat with a meal or in a good Manhattan cocktail.

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Review from MikeK (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 308, Created:20051118180158, Updated:20051120120456)
Purchased at:Liquor Barn, Lexington KY
Purchased for:$22.99
Proof Of this Bottle:93.7
Nose:A very light nose, pleasant caramel, but nothing distinctive jumps out.
Taste:Very light and smooth. It often tastes watered down. I like a bit more presence. The mouth feel and caramel syrup flavor increased nicely as I got through the bottle. I detected banana on one occation.
Finish:Very light and short. Pleasant.
Overall:A very light bodied bourbon. Completely acceptable and enjoyable. No faults, but no excitement either. I was expecting quite a bit more from Bartons high end offering. Again, not at all bad, but I would rather have a bottle of Ancient Ancient Age at half the price.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 288, Created:20051002112321)
Purchased at:Part of a basket from Oscar Getz Museum Auction
Info on this bottle:Autographed by Greg t Davis
Proof Of this Bottle:93.7
Nose:Rich candy store aromas with caramel, honey and molasses with some soft spice maybe cloves and fine leather. Just a hint of oak wood.
Taste:Soft and smooth with no alcohol burn but a nice mouth feel that is slightly oily and warm. Sweet caramel and oak wood with a hint of grain and spice - cloves and cinnamon.
Finish:Moderately long with sweet caramel and spice.
Overall:A very good product to drink neat. I still like the Very Old Barton Bottled-in-Bond better, but this is also a good choice.

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Review from Blue (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 274, Created:20050912223351)
Purchased at:Local PLCB
Purchased for:23.99
Nose:A moderately full aroma which wafts notes of honey and oak with floral overtones and something a little unusual and hard to identify. This unknown characteristic reminds me almost of whole flower hops. Strange but very interesting.
Taste:The mouthfeel is that of a light and refined honey. At the front the taste is a blend of sweet corn and oak tannins. Char and caramel dominate the mid palate against a backdrop of ethanol mint. I kept searching for the toffee that others have written about but just didn't find it.
Finish:All malty rye goodness with no spice or pepper at all. A slight bit of ethanol tingles the tongue as the finish trails off.
Overall:Overall this is a really pleasant drop of bourbon. Definitely different and not to be missed.

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Review from Squire (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 271, Created:20050904141709)
Purchased at:Jackson, MS
Purchased for:$24.95
Nose:Maple syrup followed by caramel, toffee and oak. Slight floral-winey background rye presence which speaks louder in subsequent nosings after some 15 minutes of aireation.
Taste:Medium thick body which tastes mostly of rye, oak, barrel char and alcohol. Supprisingly the maple, caramel and other sweet notes are not present.

A small amount of distilled water opens the flavor a bit with some caramel appearing but concealed by an increasing alcohol presence.
Finish:Some of the nose elements reemerge in the finish which I would call medium length and rye doninate with very little alcohol heat.

Overall:I like the Barton style and in fact use their products for daily mixers for guests either at home or in the office. I sampled this expression today just to add to the information base and I am supprised I cannot give it a more positive review in the taste category. I just retrived from the cellar a 100 proof Barton to taste as a comparison and concluded so long as the six year 100 proof is available in a 1.75 liter for less money than a .750 of Ridgemont I cannot recommend the latter.

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Review from bunghole (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 269, Created:20050902064054)
Purchased at:Virginia ABC Store #338 - Waynesboro, Virginia
Purchased for:$29.90 + Tax
Nose:Gorgeous golden flecked amber hue, with a light syrup viscosity.

A full complex nose of; old leather pistol holsters, honeysuckle, corn-on-the-cob, and oak staves. A hint of mint wafts in & out.
Taste:Soild & meaty. The tip of tongue tingles with a malty pleasure. There is a bit of sweetness that is more like a sweet feed, rather than a corn syrup. Very little char, but just enough to whisper "bourbon". Some small undercurrent of toffee, but no vanilla. Pity.
Finish:Dry quarter sawn oak of respectable length. A bit minty, but not distractingly so. No white pepper rye heat that is deceptive, and could fool you into thinking it is a wheater. Boots 'N' Saddles.
Overall:This bourbon just ROCKS! It seems that eight years of age is pretty much optimum for the standard Very Old Barton mashbill. Lots of complexity and lots to love here. Due to it's high price I don't get to drink this bourbon very often, but I wish I did! Highly Reccomended!

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