By Kevin Gray
on 6.30.11
Photo by Barton Brands

Named for the year that Kentucky became a state, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve ($28) is a handcrafted small batch bourbon from the whiskey-soaked hills of Bardstown. Created with a high percentage of rye grains, aged for eight years and bottled at 93.7 proof, this bourbon is spicy, complex and full-bodied.

On the nose, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve has aggressive aromas of fruit, spice and sweet caramel. Take a sip and taste lots of cinnamon, vanilla and oak, plus a kick of tobacco and coffee at the finish. A splash of water or a couple of ice cubes tempers the spice, but that spicy character is what makes this bourbon so fun to drink. It’s one of the few Bourbons that’s smooth, rich and velvety, yet still manages to smack you around a bit on the way down.

Should your tastes extend beyond straight whiskey, Ridgemont Reserve is a worthy candidate for cocktails, as the strong rye backbone allows it to shine in both rye and bourbon drinks.

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