This review has been a long time coming, primarily because I have been too busy enjoying this bourbon to write about it! Ridgemont Reserve 1792 (whose name, by the way, commemorates the year that Kentucky became a state) is a beautifully crafted bourbon in an equally beautiful bottle.
Ridgemont Reserve 1792 bourbon is produced by Bardstown Distillery, which sits at the site of the old Tom Moore Distillery. Tom Moore chose the location himself for its proximity to a spring that gushed high-quality limestone water perfect for making bourbon. Today, water from that same limestone spring is used to bring barrels of 1792 bourbon to proof.
Barton’s Distillery is home to 28 rick houses, but barrels of 1792 are aged in ‘Warehouse Z’, the most perfect place in the bourbon world to age whiskey. According to the Ridgemont Reserve 1792 bourbon site, ‘Warehouse Z is situated on the edge of a bluff and as a result, enjoys the intense heat and humidity that are ideal for maturing whiskey.’
If you noticed some slight similarities between Ridgemont Reserve 1792 and Very Old Barton, give yourself a gold star. Both bourbons share the same mash bill, with 1792 being more aggressively aged. 1792 is made from a mash of corn, rye and malted barley, producing a velvety, full bodied bourbon. If you like wheated whiskey, you will love this!