1792 Ridgemont Reserve

1792 Ridgemont Reserve

It’s time to get back to normal. And for me, that means catching up on reviews this week.

However before I do that, I’ll be reviewing 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, which I purchased for my father for his Birthday. Because I’m a good son (also because I can try some of it).

Let’s go with the whole ‘good son’ thing, makes me sound better.

Anyway, this bourbon used to carry a small batch 8 year moniker, however has since dropped the age statement and become NAS. Which is too bad. It may still be good, however time will tell.

The name 1792 is the year that Kentucky became a state. Many bothans were lost that day.

It also used to be called Ridgewood Reserve 1792, however Brown-Forman sued Barton to have the name changed, because they felt that it was too much like Woodford Reserve’s name… so they moved the numbers to the front and removed the word wood.

That’s show’em…Even as I’m typing that, it hurts. Could have spent that money on keeping the age statements instead…Or, I don’t know, not thinking people will read 3/4 of your name and get it mixed up?

Anyway, I’m interested to try this whiskey. So let’s see how it tastes.

Price: $49.95 (CAD)

Region: Kentucky

Abv: 46.85%

Colour: 7.5YR 4/6

Nose: Oak, honey, lime, ginger, sea air, Sprite, buttery

Really nice, smooth nose. Sweet, notes of nice desserts, and goes well with the heat wave we’ve been having.

The name may be throwing off the nose though… oh wait, it’s not, because I’m not a moron.

Taste: Hot, caramel, cumin, cilantro, ginger

Very hot. Holy jumping that’s hot. Maybe I didn’t leave it long enough.

Had to take extra time on this one, because I was confused about the name. Oh wait, no I wasn’t. I had to because I was icing cakes before having this one, and had to get the taste of Nutella icing out of my mouth.

Your sympathy is palpable through the screen.

Anyway, this is quite hot. I was able to pick out some earth/grassy/leafy notes as well, and a good amount of ginger.

Finish: Corn, peach, lemon, arugula, radish, candy cane

Finish is better developed than the taste. I say that’s the name causing it.

It’s earthy, minty, and has some nice fruity elements.

Conclusion: This is a nice sipper. Can we change the name though? Something more woody?

Moving on…

It’s smooth, not too offensive, and the finish and nose have nice flavours to them. I wish there was a little more to the taste. All in all, nice to sip on, a little too pricey in Ontario to buy just for that. Still worth it though.

77/100

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