Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished in Port Casks
Company: Sazerac Company Inc.
Distillery: Barton 1792 Distillery
Release Date: December 2020
Color: Dark Amber
MSRP: $70 (2021)
Earthy note | Port wine | Dark fruit | Touch of ethanol | Aromas explode out of the glass
Heavy port wine | Clove | Raisin | Light cinnamon | Robust
Surge of dark fruit | Spice develops and takes over | Long
This release honors Barton 1792 Distillery’s founder Thomas S. More, who built the distillery in 1889. It represents one of three cask finished releases, and according to the company press release, future releases under the newly introduced Thomas S. Moore brand are planned. Described as an “Extended Finish” per the label, while the exact length of finishing time is unknown, the effect is quite potent. Port cask finishing is a more common type of whiskey finishing, with one of the leaders and most notable being Angel’s Envy Bourbon Port Finish. Thomas S. Moore Port Finish offers intense port notes without overdoing it, which will be appealing to fans of this style. With that being said, it doesn’t break any barriers for the finishing style and still feels a bit rough around the edges, a trait standard 1792 Small Batch Bourbon is also known for. Certainly pick up a bottle if you can find it, but don’t overpay for it.