1792 released Port Finish in 2015 as one of the first of the “Limited Edition Expressions.”
Barton does not disclose the mash bill for any of its products, including Port Finish, but most believe Port Finish follows the standard mash bill used in products like Small Batch, Single Barrel and Full Proof – 75% corn, 15% rye and 10% barley. Little is disclosed about this bourbon, other than that after six years in new oak, it spends two additional years aging in port wine barrels.
Port Finish is widely found to be the most difficult to find releases of 1792.
1792 Port Finish (88.9 Proof)
Nose: Very heavy fresh port flavors (blackberry, raisin, dense grape juice and musty/earthy leather), as if this were a port/whiskey cocktail; aged oak (if that were a flavor); toffee; light baked apple; baking spices; some faint but still present 1792 signature corniness. (4/5)
Palate: Thick; More rich port wine flavors including leather, blackberry and raisin; toffee; vanilla; spiced apple pie. The corniness, thinness and artificial diluted caramel flavors of typical 1792 are gone. At 88.9 proof, I’m SHOCKED there is this much flavor packed in. I’d drink this daily. (4/5)
Finish: Long. Dry oak and lightly tannic port; raisins; blackberry; apple skins; light baking spice. (3.5/5)
Overall: I’m a huge fan. The rich blackberry/raisin/leather flavors from the port pair very well with the oak and toffee from the standard recipe 1792. (4/5)
Value: A darn good bourbon and a good buy at $40. (4/5)
“The rich blackberry/raisin/leather flavors from the port pair very well with the oak and toffee from the standard recipe 1792.”
Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.