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Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Casks

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Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Casks

Company: Sazerac Company Inc.

Distillery: Barton 1792 Distillery

Release Date: December 2020

Proof: 95.3

Age: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Amber

MSRP: $70 (2021)

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NOSE

Peach | Apricot | Tempered oak | Vanilla | Light brown sugar | Bright & sweet

palate

Black cherry | Plum | Warm spice | Vanilla | Seasoned oak | Enjoyable

finish

Tannic oak | Bitter | Licorice | Leather | Dry | Poor overall

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With the continued popularity of wine finished bourbon, Barton 1792 Distillery expands their portfolio with the introduction of Thomas S. Moore, a line centered on cask finished whiskeys. Of the many wine finished bourbons on the market, Cabernet Sauvignon finished bourbons are far less common. It’s a bit ironic given the dark fruit flavor profile of cabernet sauvignon wine pairs well with bourbon's typical flavor profile. That is on display with this Thomas S. Moore release, as the palate takes to the cask finish quite well. Unfortunately, the finish fumbles rather dramatically as it’s overrun with tannic, dry, and all-around conflicting flavors. These flavors thankfully diminish the more you sip, but never fully dissipates and drags down the rather deserving nose and palate. That’s disappointing for this $70 whiskey as it could have been a true home run otherwise.

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Written By: Eric

January 15, 2021
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