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Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Chardonnay Casks

CAPSULE REVIEW
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Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Straight Bourbon Finished in Chardonnay Casks

Distillery: Barton 1792 Distillery

Release Date: December 2020

Proof: 97.9

Age: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color:  Bronze

MSRP: $70 (2021)

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NOSE

Earthy | Oak | Sweet spice | Baking spice | Light orange | Butterscotch | Lighter scents make you work to hunt them out

palate

Tart oak | Citrus rind | Unsalted butter | Muted vanilla | An interesting combination of both dry and buttery at the same time

finish

Leather | Dry oak | Peppercorn spice | Lingering heat | Medium long finish that focuses on earthy grounded flavors

uniqueness
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With the introduction of Thomas S. Moore, the Barton 1792 Distillery dove headfirst into the world of wine finished bourbon. Of the three wine barrel types, chardonnay is a type that you typically don’t see bourbon producers use too often. While Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection 2007 release was finished in Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay barrels, not many mainstream releases have used a chardonnay finishing barrel since. In this case, the result is a bourbon that picks up a large influence from the chardonnay barrel while still retaining a decidedly whiskey base. The palate comes off as slightly unbalanced due to the buttery/dry combination that seems to slam into you after a few seconds, however, overall it does exactly what it sets out to do. Impart influences from the wine barrel into the whiskey and creating a unique and intriguing drinking experience. It may not be the best wine finished whiskeys in the marketplace, but it’s certainly one of the more intriguing ones.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan

February 23, 2021
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