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1792 Ridgemont Reserve Small Batch Bourbon

1792 Bourbon Review (Ridgemont Reserve)

Verdict: Excellent Mid-bodied Small Batch

I picked up a bottle of 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon (named for the year Kentucky became a state) on a recent trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The airlines frown upon traveling with liquid these days, so I was happy to see that stores that far west of Kentucky had bourbon on the shelves. 1792 is aged eight years and is 93.7 proof, making it slightly milder than some more prolific bourbons.  I couldn’t resist taking the photo (above) with the Grand Tetons as the backdrop.

First off, the bottle is great – the thick glass reveals the rich, dark color of the contents with a cork and burlap wrap around the neck. A nice presentation for a small batch bourbon.

A whiff gave me good nose, but it wasn’t overpowering. I had to work pretty hard to get an oaky smell, but it was adequate. My first sample, neat, was very pleasurable – Caramels, vanillas, with a hint of oak – all well balanced. A decent burn with a flavorable finish. Not overly harsh or overly mild – I would put this one somewhere in the mid-range for drinkability.

I think this is a good bourbon to have in stock. Newcomers may enjoy the milder body as well. I tend to put this one in a similar category with like Eagle Rare or Jefferson’s.

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Maker’s Mark Resuming Production at 45% Alcohol by Volume

Wow. Just got this email from Makers Mark. Glad to hear that they are listening to their fans!

“… Since we announced our decision last week to reduce the alcohol content (ABV) of Maker’s Mark in response to supply constraints, we have heard many concerns and questions from our ambassadors and brand fans. We’re humbled by your overwhelming response and passion for Maker’s Mark. While we thought we were doing what’s right, this is your brand – and you told us in large numbers to change our decision.

You spoke. We listened. And we’re sincerely sorry we let you down.

So effective immediately, we are reversing our decision to lower the ABV of Maker’s Mark, and resuming production at 45% alcohol by volume (90 proof). Just like we’ve made it since the very beginning. …”

Great turnaround from a company that produces some of the best bourbon around.