Ridgemont Reserve 1792 Bourbon is relatively new to the market, launching less than a decade ago. That’s a pretty short time in bourbon years which are somewhat like dog years. Ridgemont Reserve 1792 was brought to market by Barton Brands, which until Ridgemont came along was primarily know for bourbons like Kentucky Tavern, Ten High, and Very Old Barton. With the launch of Ridgemont Reserve 1792, they finally has a “super premium” as part of their stable. And that was enough to get them gobbled up Sazerac in 2009.
Ridgemont Reserve 1792 Bourbon likes to say that it is the Official Toasting Bourbon of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Unfortunately, that is an honor based on sponsorship and not on bourbon quality. That is not to say that Ridgemont Reserve 1792 is not good bourbon. In fact, it is quite tasty. Like some of the other bourbons we’ve been tasting lately, it has a rather high rye content. This leads to an aroma of spice and sweetness and a flavor punctuated by fruit, pepper, and some heat from the 93.7 proof.
I know that if you read the reviews, people have mixed opinions of Ridgemont Reserve 1792 Bourbon. I find myself leaning towards the positive side. While this isn’t my favorite bourbon in the world, it is a strong performer, and I can safely recommend it.