American Whiskey - Bourbon

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2012

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2005

Proof66 Notes

1792 Ridgemont Reserve bourbon is crafted at the small and historic Tom Moore Distillery née Barton Distillery. The distillery operates today in a picturesque setting in Kentucky with a large inventory of warehouses. It's considered a small-batch, premium bourbon aged for at least 8 years. The bourbon is considered a high rye recipe, meaning that along with the requisite 50%+ corn (required for bourbon) it contains a large fraction of rye. To us, this implies a more robust, spicy whiskey. It is named for the year in which Ketnucky became a state in the nascent United States of America. They suggest serving neat with a touch of water. 

BlueKitchen.net features it on their Best Bourbon Tour giving it an overall grade of "A" and perhaps the highest praise of all: "My girlfriend... belted this one back and gave no sign of a 'whiskey face.'" High praise indeed.

Barton Distillery was founded in 1879 and produces bourbon to this day. It became Barton Brands and was eventually absorbed as part of the Sazerac family of companies.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 25 ratings and 25 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (51) (2016-02-23)
(2-23-16) I have edited this review from a 2 to a 3 star rating. This bourbon is a real "Chameleon" among bourbons-It can deliver deep and rich flavors. Like US Spirits review I had a hard time with this bourbon. It actually did seem to change character with each sip. I let it breath in a glen Cairn for 30 minutes and at first I thought it improved, but the ever present dry and dusty oak taste was still there. I would not say it was bitter per say, but the overpowering Oak and lack of any sweet notes was all I could get from this "1792". I also felt the nose was somewhat medicinal and that carried over to the taste. Strange bourbon. But after further tastings it is better than what I first observed. 2-23-16= now it is more mellow and has better flavors-I really cannot explain why the transformation.
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US Spirit US Spirit (47) (2015-11-25)
I have a difficult time rating Ridgemont 1792. I found this to be the Dr. Jekylle and Mr. Hyde of bourbon. This is always a pretty assertive spirit, but it alternates on me from sip to sip. Sometimes its assertively delicious, sometimes its assertively BAD, and I can never predict what I'm going to get. Somehow Ridgemont 1792 manages to be complex without being refined. I find flavors caramel, vanilla, oak brown sugar, pecan, and rye spice, along with a very powerful bitterness and quite a bit of alcohol burn (even more than Knob Creek). On one sip the pleasant flavors come to the fore, and then this ranks with my favorites like Woodford Reserve, OF Signature, and Four Roses Single Barrel. On the next sip the alcohol burn and bitter notes dominate and its worse than Jim Beam White Label. I didn't have much luck mixing this either as it often seemed to turn consistently bitter in cocktails. So my advice to you is do not buy this bottle blind, but try it in a bar several times first. You might end up really liking it, but you might not. It's not going to be a bottle buy for me again, but I could see ordering it once in a while at a bar that stocks it. 3 Stars.
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Review Comments
Cranecreek (2016-02-19):
Good review US Spirit-its alot like what I found.

Joebazz Joebazz (25) (2015-02-09)
Definitely a Bourbon that's lacking. Thin, short, very little character.Worth a 1 time try at a bar not the whole bottle.
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2015-01-16)
There's a common note that Woodford, Elijah Craig, Rowan's Creek, and this have in common. I can't quite put my finger on it (almost seems like a burnt plastic type note) but it's not my favorite discernible bourbon characteristic. Aside from that this isn't a bad bourbon; it's just as good as the others mentioned (better than the Woodford; that note is really strong there). I'd call the 1792 an oakier version of the Elijah Craig.
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BDanner (2016-02-20):
I read a reviewer on another site describe it as Sherwin Williams latex paint. Once I read that description, that note clicked for me.

jaketaz jaketaz (163) (2014-10-02)
Tried this as an alternative to Buffalo Trace, my go-to cheap bourbon. It's got less of Buffalo's vanilla sugar with more tobacco smoke instead, not a bad thing at all. Great neat or with some ginger beer, and a pretty bottle. No real complaints, but I'm not convinced that it's better than Buffalo, despite being $5-10 more expensive. A perfectly fine bourbon but not the best you could do in this price range.
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scollings scollings (83) (2014-08-16)
A solid bourbon for the price, but nothing special here.
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Funkenstein Funkenstein (30) (2014-05-30)
This is a good bourbon, but somewhat unremarkable and has, in my opinion, a fairly weak flavor compared to the other bourbons in my bar. Not something I'd actively seek out.
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spezbaby spezbaby (39) (2014-05-05)
Nice. Pretty good go to bourbon.
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Wuli27 Wuli27 (53) (2014-03-10)
A very good sipping bourbon for the price.
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (55) (2014-02-15)
This is good. For some reason, reminds me of Larceny. But I prefer Larceny.
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derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-01-27)
This isn't as good as some of the other bourbons (Blanton's, woodford, etc.) but it is still very respectable. It is very smooth and an easy drink. At $30 (in my area) it is worth a try for bourbon lovers.
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Dakota Dakota (136) (2014-01-14)
I respect the reviewers taste on this website. This...this was terrible. This is the only bottle of liquor I ever poured out on purpose! Harsh taste doesn't mix with anything! It's currently the worst bourbon I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. By the way the parent company of this product make the most horrendous liquor know to man. And I'm not crazy beverage tasting institute and wine ethusiant agree with me. All I got to say is its remarkable that this ever won double gold at the San fransico spirits competition. In my humble opinion everything from the 2013 San fransisco competition is a joke. If u look at all there categories the double gold winners r mostly medium quality. From now on I ONLY trust the beverage tasting institute I respect the opinions still on this website believe me 99% of the time there right. This...just terrible and made me realize that opinions and ratings r just that arbitrary numbers and ideas that r just thrown out there- Dakota
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dinglebarryspls dinglebarryspls (10) (2014-01-03)
it doesnt taste like velvet. it doesnt like vanilla. if you say it does youre just an asshole. it tastes like shooting a commie right between the goddamn eyeballs. if you say otherwise go move to Finland you dickbags
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2013-08-21)
This is a nice moderate flavored bourbon. Similar to woodford in the balance and drink ability. Functionally I put this in the category of non offensive bourbon's that most any bourbon drinker will like along with blanton's and wr. It's the kind of bourbon you can feel safe ordering at a bar or buying a bottle. My only critism is that it doesn't seem to stand out... No real wow factor. It's just a very good solid bourbon.
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Allan Allan (160) (2013-06-29)
A bit sweet with a little char. Nothing wrong, just not as good as I expected. A perfectly serviceable bourbon just ranked a bit high for my taste. Nice bottle and I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying I just advise to temper your expectations.
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Quetzal Quetzal (91) (2013-03-29)
(4 out of 5). A nice, affordable, easy to find bourbon. On the nose it has the corn sweetness and rye spiciness that I expect, but an added char that I find pleasant. The proof is a bit high for sipping on its own, so I add a splash of water, which also tames the char somewhat. $29 in my area.
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aslezak aslezak (27) (2013-02-27)
This is probably my favorite bourbon for the price. I can get it for about $22/fifth in Houston. Prior to this, I enjoyed Old Forester for $17/liter which has now increased to about the same price as 1792. They are both very good, but 1792 edges it out.
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Irishman Irishman (271) (2012-12-30)
Fantastic oak flavor with a touch of charred spice - similar to Woodford Reserve. Not as good as Blantons, but tasty none-the-less.
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craigc7591 craigc7591 (1) (2012-07-09)
Great bourbon! Mellow, smooth, mild finish
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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (110) (2012-06-09)
If you are looking for a bourbon experience that hits nearly all the main points that make bourbon a wholly American whiskey creation, 1792 should be on your list. Rather surprising given the fact that its parent company is responsible for distributing some of the absolute worst liquor available. But I'll forgive that for now... This bourbon seems to borrow traits from many of its much more popular competitors like Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Maker's, etc. There's the smoothness of BT, the char and a touch of the bite from KC, the gentlemenly character of WR, and a few taste notes from Maker's 46. All of which contribute to a bourbon that should appeal to any bourbon aficionado as a bottle they'll buy as their daily drinker. The bottle design is also simple and unassuming, while still making a statement, and being well designed. I especially like the design of the cork top, and the burlap collar is great for soaking up that 1 dribble every other cork top design seems to let slide away onto your hands. Ah, anyways, pick this one up.
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nathanbruley nathanbruley (7) (2012-06-08)
This has become my favorite bourbon over the past few months! Strong vanilla and carmel flavors with a smooth start and a strong finish. The best!
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Phizbin Phizbin (204) (2011-12-24)
Alas, this is where my personal palate has to depart from the critical consensus. I tried the 1792 neat and with ice while escaping from the in-laws at a hotel bar. This should be the perfect setting for tasting whiskey. And it is good. It's a touch sweet on the palate, slides down easy, and releases a generous wave of bourbon oak finish that lingers for a good long time. A highly accomplished bourbon. My problem is this: there's a pretty heavy oak char on the bourbon and I get that some people love this just like some people really love smoky scotch. It's just not me. To me, the big char finishes a bit like asphalt. So I can recognize it as being accomplished without wanting to actually drink it. If you like good, big, oak char flavors... then I think this would be a wonderful bourbon for you.
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bigdaddyb bigdaddyb (8) (2011-07-23)
Smooth and complex. Im more of a Scotch drinker, but find this an extremely pleasant and interesting dram. It gets an extra star for its price point alone. Its no mystery why this is a top 20 whisky for this site.
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jaycamm jaycamm (9) (2011-04-03)
This is a very classy bourbon. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Woodford Reserve. Also it is a great value.
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nice nice (1) (2008-09-22)
very nice!
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