1792 Full Proof

Go Buy This $45 Bottle of Bourbon Before It Sells Out Everywhere

October 17, 2019 Drinks By

Jim Murray, the world’s most-read whiskey critic, named 1792 Full Proof Bourbon Whiskey the Whiskey of the Year.

Murray’s annual Whisky Bible (available on Amazon), a tome of more than 1,500 whiskey reviews, is always a lightning rod for whiskey conversations. But this year’s top pick will generate even more arguments than usual.

Where more recent Bibles have crowned already impossible-to-find bottles like the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection’s William Larue Weller or E.H. Taylor Four Grain, this year’s is different. Barton Distillery’s 1792 Full Proof, while allocated, is not unobtanium. It’s barrel proof (124), non-chill-filtered and is available on shelves around $50 in most markets. That will change.

When the similarly priced and readily availably Henry McKenna Single Barrel won the San Francisco World Spirits Competition title “Best in Show, Whiskey,” whiskey drinkers saw bottles evaporate from shelves and prices explode. And Murray has a track record of his own. After Murray named a $30 bottle of Crown Royal the best whiskey of 2017, the whiskey sold out everywhere.

Full Proof is no stranger to this effect either. After winning the World Whiskies Awards World’s Best Bourbon award in 2018, it disappeared from shelves for a time, too.

Second and third place both went to bottles in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, with William Larue Weller taking second and the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac third.

The news of 1792’s win will trigger a run of liquor stores. Act quickly you want to try a bottle before it vanishes.


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Will Price

Will Price is Gear Patrol's home and drinks editor. He's from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He's interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.

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