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Barton 1792

If you’ve ever tasted the spicy, rye-rich bourbon that is 1792 Small Batch, than you’ll know a little bit already about Barton 1792 Distillery.

The bottling was actually previously known as ‘Ridgewood Reserve 1792’, but a legal dispute over this core expression with The Brown-Forman Corporation on the basis that it had too similar a name and bottle design to the older Woodford Reserve brand meant that Barton was forced to change the name of the product to ‘1792 Ridgemont Reserve’. The company later dropped the ‘Ridgemont Reserve’ aspect of the name and the brand subsequently became just 1792 Bourbon. It also used to carry an age statement (8-year-old) but this was also dropped in December 2013.

The distillery itself was established in 1874, by Ben Mattingly in Bardstown, Kentucky, near the natural water source of Morton’s Spring. Mattingly eventually sold the company to an employee, Tom Moore, and another fellow employee who renamed it Morton Spring Distillery. After selling the business himself to a group of outside investors in 1881, a restless Moore opened a brand new competing distillery in the lot next door to and, after much success, was able to re-purchase Morton Spring Distillery, merging the two operations.

The distillery was then renamed to The Thomas Moore Distillery, which remained a profitable entity until Prohibition. By the time Prohibition passed Moore was an old man, so he looked to move the brand on. The property traded hands a few times and in the glut of ownership changes, the name ‘The Barton Distillery’ first appeared.

However, future investors would confusingly return to the title of The Tom Moore Distillery and it was during this era that the popular 1792 bottling was launched. When Sazerac eventually bought them out in 2009, it decided to capitalize on the brand names, rather than historic ones, and re-christened the entire operation to what it is known as now, The Barton 1792 Distillery, a reference to the year Kentucky became a state.

The current site of The Barton 1792 Distillery is a huge facility that sits on an impressive 196 acres, situated in heart of bourbon country, with 51 individual structures alongside its legendary spring. Among these are 29 massive storage rick-houses which have the capacity for around 2,000,000 barrels of bourbon, which roughly equates to 530 million bottles. There are three tours of the distillery available, including the Barton Tradition Tour, the Bushel to Bottle Tour and the 1792 Estate Tour.

1792 Small Batch

75cl, 46.9%

All the way back in 1792, Kentucky officially became a state. Many moons later, 1792 Small Batch bourbon was named after that very same year. As it happens, it's a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.…  More info

1792 Small Batch

1792 Single Barrel

75cl, 49.3%

Single barrel bourbon from the 1792 range! Named after the year that Kentucky became a state, this brand (owned by Sazerac) has long been a favourite among many...  More info

1792 Single Barrel

1792 Full Proof

75cl, 62.5%

A delicious, full-bodied addition to the 1792 Bourbon range - the 1972 Full Proof is bottled at 62.5% ABV (or 125 proof, if you're in the USA) without any chill-filtration. Robust, intense and…  More info

1792 Full Proof

1792 Bottled in Bond

75cl, 50%

1792 Bottled in Bond has a high rye content, around 15-25%, making it a suitably spicy expression. Abiding by the rules sets as part of the Bottled in Bond Act, passed all the way back in 1897, the…  More info

1792 Bottled in Bond

1792 Port Cask Finish

75cl, 44.5%

Named after the year Kentucky became a state, this bourbon was spent a two year finishing period in Port barrels.  More info

1792 Port Cask Finish

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