Bourbon is arguably Kentucky's best product, lining up next to horseracing and college basketball. However, if you're not a gambler, an equine enthusiast or 7 feet tall, bourbon is as good as it gets. While the big players in the bourbon industry still garner most of the attention, a new breed of classy, small-batch bourbon has emerged: 1792 Bourbon.
Don't let the name fool you. This isn't bourbon aged for 220-plus years. But it does follow the old-school Kentucky bourbon recipe, opting for high rye content and hand-selected barrels for the aging process. Produced in small quantities by the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, this bourbon is prized for its smoothness. Oh, and in case you were wondering, 1792 is the year Kentucky became a state. That's information you can use to impress your friends as you knock back a glass of 1792 neat or on the rocks.
The elegant flavor profile of 1792 Bourbon is apparent as soon as the concoction hits your lips, doling out equal portions of sweet caramel and spice that are amazingly balanced and easy to drink. At 46.85 alcohol by volume, it also packs a mighty wallop that's best offset with a college basketball game or horse race. Go figure.