1792 Ridgemont Reserve Background
1792 Ridgemont Reserve was introduced by Barton in 2002. It’s a small batch Bourbon that used to carry an 8 year age statement. That age statement was dropped in 2013. I actually have a couple bottles of the old stuff and, at least so far, I can’t tell a difference. Dropping age statements sometimes can be blown out of portion. Downside of course they may sneak younger Bourbon into to bottle and change the product, but it also can give companies more flexibility in when to dump a barrel. It could be ready before it’s officially 8 years old, in this case for example, but they would have to wait on the calendar to meet the age statement. Meanwhile shelves and customers are waiting.
When 1792 Ridgemont Reserve was originally released it was called Ridgewood Reserve 1792. Barton lost a trademark lawsuit in 2004 with Brown-Forman over its preexisting Woodford Reserve brand. Speaking of names, the 1792 in 1792 Ridgemont Reserve is a reference to when Kentucky gained statehood.
No age statement. Bottled at 93.7-proof. High Rye Bourbon. Paid $32
Mint, grassy. Nice rye character. Orange peel. Cinnamon. Caramel. Light barrel char
Medium to light body, sweet. Citrus, oranges. Nice caramel. Nice rye profile. Barrel char and a medium dry astringency. Finish is some red hot cinnamon and astringency intensifies and dries things out.
1792 Ridgemont Reserve is more astringent than I’d expect for something around this age. Along with the astringency is a touch of harshness in the finish that to me hurts this a bit. Other than the finish notes, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve is pretty nice pour. As I mentioned in the age statement, I’d wonder if this batch might have been good a little younger? I’m harping on the astringency too much, but that’s just the lasting impression for me here.
I dig the orange sweetness and it has a nice minty, fresh-cut grass rye flavors. It’s lively and hits a number of notes for a little complexity with that rye, sweet, citrus, wood, and that hot cinnamon kick at the end.
If you’re looking for an affordable high-rye Bourbon, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve should do just fine. It’s not my favorite in its class, but pricing is attractive and there probably aren’t many rye-forward whiskeys I’d grab instead at its price.
Buy a Bottle – 3.5/5.0 Rating
(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)
Buying Options and Further Research
So we have a high rye Bourbon here and if you’re looking to check out some similar Bourbons in this price range you’ve got some nice options. Bulleit Bourbon is right in there, as is one of my favorites Four Roses Small Batch. If you want to get a little spendy-er, Breckenridge is another to check out.
Links & Other Reviews
- 1792 Ridgemont Reserve
- Whisky Advocate
- Sourmash Manifesto Review
- The Casks Review
- Sipology Review
- Drinkhacker Review