I don’t really know what people think about the 1792 brand.
I mean, I have enjoyed some of their offerings. I had one of their single casks that tasted like the cinnamon challenge covered in peaches. So I’m debating it too.
What I will give the company is they certainly like trying new things. Port Finish, full proof, and a few years ago 1792 Sweet Wheat. And by the bolding and title, you know I’m drinking that today.
It’s a simple idea: Most bourbons use a lot of rye as their secondary grain. Some use wheat as their secondary. And that’s what happened here.
Wheaters, or as some people call them, “very over-hyped” can bring a different flavour profile. And before I decide this is hipster bait and throw canes at them to get them off my lawn, let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: $99.99 CAD
Released: July 2015
Age: NAS, but there is some official release information that says 8 years
Colour: 10YR 6/10
Nose: Banana bread, almond, oak/vanilla, treacle
Nice banana bread note. Think sweeter note. If you’re from a country that doesn’t take bananas after they have turned brown and adds a metric ton of sugar to induce diabetes, think a sweeter muffin.
Very interesting nose: Traditional vanilla bourbon notes, but lots of sweets.
Taste: Cloves, seedy, banana, caramel, white pepper
Spice, more banana, some caramel, but any of that complexity or unique aspects of the nose are long gone. We’re getting simpler aspects now.
Finish: Cinnamon, lemonade, cereal, sand, almond
Short finish, which is too bad. I wasn’t minding the seed/almonds, and some of the fruitier aspects were shining.
But that all ends quicker than an unbalanced UFC match between a belt holder and a baby lamb. Oh well.
Conclusion: Would be good in a Manhattan. I didn’t drink this thinking “wow, what an interesting special edition”, more so “wow they have something started here”. Which isn’t really working for me.
Don’t get me wrong, that nose was fun. And that’s really where it ends. I hope they keep trying new things, however, given the price and the reaction to this one, I can’t see it worth the money.
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