We continue our series on 1792 bourbons with a review of 1792 Full Proof. For a detailed history of 1792 and reviews of many other 1792 and Barton products, check out our 1792 page.
1792 Full Proof is 1792’s near barrel proof offering. The name “Full Proof” signifies the 125 proof at which the spirit first entered the barrel – i.e., the barrel entry proof. 1792 is non-chill filtered. The mash bill and the aging is believed to be identical to the Single Barrel and Small Batch offerings.
Full Proof was first introduced in 2016.
1792 Full Proof (125 Proof)
Nose: A punch of alcohol to the nose; cinnamon; dusty oak; fresh oven-roasted corn that lacks seasoning/spice; almond; toffee; light vanilla; lemon/lime; stewed apples; rye bread; some light raisins; overripe strawberries. Hmmm. (2/5)
Palate: Vanilla and rich caramel sweetness; creme-brule burnt sugar; lighter roasted corn; dark chocolate covered cherries; dried seasoned oak; HOT cinnamon and baking spices. Rich and thick. (3.5/5)
Finish: Lingering red-hot cinnamon that takes several seconds to extinguish, but is followed eventually (after the numbing wears off) with some pleasant vanilla bean and caramel, light baking spice; lemon/lime peel and creamed corn. (2.5/5)
Overall: I don’t know that I’ve experienced much more of a disjointed bourbon. While there are some very pleasant flavors throughout, these are not always flavors that you would naturally pair together or expect in such high dosages. That isn’t to mention that the notes don’t seem to flow from nose to palate to finish. (2.5/5)
Value: This chalks in at around the $40-$45 range here. Somehow, even with a sub-satisfactory overall score, the powerful punch that this bourbon packs makes me recognize that it isn’t a bad deal at the lower end of the price range. (3/5)
“While there are some very pleasant flavors throughout, these are not always flavors that you would naturally pair together or expect in such high dosages.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.