Price Point: $25 – $35 for 750 ML
Distiller: Barton Distilling Company
A couple of years ago, I was attending a bourbon tasting at a micro-brewery in my area. Samplings were available from Heaven Hill, Brown-Forman, and couple of others, but the Sazerac booth was by far the most popular. The usual suspects were there – Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, and of course a select few of the Antique Collection. One newcomer was present; Ridgemont Reserve. I had tried it previously, but had not seen the reaction of others tasting it for the first time. I remember one particular gentleman who couldn’t get enough of it. Maybe it was the three-hour session of free whiskey, but he was having a good time, and couldn’t stop singing the praises of this bourbon. As my palate has evolved since then, I’ve done my best to appreciate Ridgemont Reserve a bit more than I used to.
The nose alone separates this from most other bourbons. It has the rye-spice aroma of a Jim Beam product, but with a little something extra. It smells very sweet too, almost to the point that sugar was added – although we know that can’t be true.
I have to say – my opinion of this bourbon has changed since I first tasted it. This is a very nice whiskey with plenty of spice to make it interesting. Very sugary, as the nose suggested, but not too much. The taste is very nice; very well-balanced from oak to spice to sweet. It’s definitely different than any other bourbon on the market right now.
Because of how sweet this whiskey is, the finish is almost like a rum with some sugarcane qualities.
Rating & Recommendations
Ridgemont Reserve 1792 is a very good bourbon, earning a rating of 87 out of 100.
I like this one neat, but a little water can help tame the beast and bring out some great flavors. Feel free to try it both ways!
This is definitely a unique bourbon, and worth a try. At a price of around $30, how can you go wrong?