I’ve been curious about this particular expression since I heard of it. Unfortunately these expressions are hard to find in a Virginia, so I had my father-in-law keep an eye out for me. On my last trip to New York I picked it up and have been eager to test it out.
1792 Port Finished
Color: Deep amber
Nose: The nose on this bourbon is sweet and fruity. You’re hit immediately with the smell of brown sugar, vanilla, mint, and dried apricots.
Taste: The initial flavor is subtle and balanced. The taste matches the nose. There’s notes of caramel, vanilla, herbs, pepper, cloves, and oak. It’s a good solid flavor profile but it’s almost too balanced to the point where it’s a bit muddled-almost watery. I wonder if a higher proof would’ve helped it be more robust.
I don’t remember this the first time I tasted it. I’m not sure if my taste buds are off today or if it’s due to the bottle being open for the last couple weeks. This will need to be tasted again in the future.
Finish: The finish is the real winner of this bourbon. There’s nary any bite at all just a slight tinge of pepper, and a nice dry silky smooth finish. The tongue and the roof of the mouth dries up and you’re left with the taste of leather and plums.
I enjoyed this bourbon and the finish. It’s something I’ll use as a dessert bourbon or for when I’m in the mood for something light and fruity.