Barton 1792 Distillery has launched a new brand, Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys.
This line features whiskeys finished in a variety of select casks from around the world.
The first three expressions will be available in limited release this December: a port finish, chardonnay finish and cabernet sauvignon finish.
In 1889, Thomas S. Moore built the facility known today as Barton 1792 Distillery. Leading up to Prohibition, Moore grew his distilling company, filling hundreds of barrels of whiskey a day. Business boomed until The 18th Amendment forced the distillery to cease production in 1920. Today, this namesake line of bourbons intends to honor Thomas S. Moore as a bourbon pioneer.
Barton 1792 Distillery also intends to define a new category of “extended cask finished” bourbon whiskeys with this collection. After the distillery’s signature high-rye bourbon recipe aged in new charred oak barrels, the bourbon then finished in secondary casks for an additional one to three years.
“This extended cask-finishing method results in elegant whiskeys, each displaying a distinct flavor profile, reflecting nuances of both the bourbon and the finishing cask,” the company reports.
Distillery-provided tasting notes for each new Thomas S. Moore release are as follows:
- Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Casks has a taste that is soft and sweet, with hints of vanilla and baking spices. 98.9 proof.
- Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Chardonnay Casks has a rich taste, with notes of citrus, tropical fruit and buttery oak. 97.9 proof.
- Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Casks has a bold taste, with notes of dark fruit, caramel and vanilla. 95.3 proof.
The tall bottles feature imagery that pays homage to the legacy of Thomas S. Moore. Each label displays a racehorse, honoring one of Moore’s earliest whiskey brands, Belle of Nelson, named for the thoroughbred who won the Kentucky Oaks in 1878.
The suggested retail price for each Thomas S. Moore expression is $69.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
Additional cask-finished releases will be unveiled every year in the fall.
This follows last year’s release of 1792 Aged Twelve Years.
Kyle Swartz is editor of Beverage Dynamics magazine. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kswartzz. Read his recent piece Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris Talks Whiskey Trends in 2021.