1792 Ridgemont Reserve is a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey and a brand of the Sazerac Company.
This small batch bourbon is distilled in the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Although the whiskey is still eight years old, this is no longer mentioned on the bottle since 2013.
The addition of 1792 comes from the year Kentucky officially became one of the States of the United States....
The original name was Ridgewood Reserve 1792, but after successful opposition of the owners of the brand Woodford Reserve, the name was changed in 2004. 1792 Ridgemont Reserve is the official toasting bourbon of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.
The Sazerac Company is a private company and the largest distillation company in the US. Bourbon was declared the core business of the company in 2009, but it also produces vodka, gin, liqueurs and wine....
The headquarter is located in Metairie, Louisiana, but this is only for administrative purposes. The company was founded in 1869 by Thomas C. Handy with the purchase of the Sazerac Coffee House. Here, Handy started the acquisition and marketing of more and more distilled brands. The name Sazerac is said to come from a cocktail invented by the Creole immigrant Antoine Peychaud in the middle of the nineteenth century.
Sazerac currently uses three distilleries for the production of its current brands, the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort and the A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Famous brands are Sazerac Rye, George T. Stagg, W.L. Weller, Blanton’s, Buffalo Trace, Van Winkle and others.
Tasting note 1792 Ridgemont Reserve - Barrel Select
Colour: dark amber.
Nose: strong spiciness from the high rye content (cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, mint) is beautifully complemented by aromas of vanilla, leather, smoky wood and the fruitiness of raisins, mandarin and orange marmalade.
Taste: grand and compelling and much less sweet than the nose. Again very spicy with notes of pepper, cinnamon, liquorice and mint. Balance and depth come from notes of vanilla, maple syrup, apples, dried apricots, raisins, palm oil and a hint of chocolate. Spiciness again dominates in the finale with nice dry notes of oak.
William Larue Weller - Special Reserve
This is a nice alternative for the fans of the very rare Pappy van Winkle. Both whiskeys are distilled by the Sazerac Company in the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky according to the exact same mashbill. The differences lie in the ripening location in the warehouse and the age.
Van Winkle is always at least twelve years old. This Weller reportedly ripened seven years. Weller is special because it uses wheat as a second grain in its mashbill. This is normally rye. Namesake William Larue Weller is seen as the inventor of this extraordinary mashbill. He produced his innovating bourbon for the first time in 1849. The nickname of this whiskey is therefore “the original wheated bourbon”.
Tasting note W.L. Weller - Special Reserve
Colour: light amber with an orange glow.
Nose: pleasantly sweet with aromas of caramel, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, fried apples, grain and soft oak.
Taste: very soft with recurring notes of vanilla and caramel. These are complemented with notes of wheat, nuts, caramelized apple, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of chili pepper. The oak is very modestly present. The aftertaste is long and refined with a nice accent of honeysuckle.