August’s Whiskey of the Month: 1792 Sweet Wheat

1792 Bourbon hails from the Barton Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky and is part of the Sazerac Company, along with such other bourbon greats as Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace, Weller, and E.H. Taylor.  1792 is a designation given to the Barton Distillery’s finest whiskeys, and the Sweet Wheat is a limited edition release that’s perfect for a summer sipper or cocktail.

1792’s regular label, Ridgemont Reserve, is a classic high-rye mash bill with hefty body and a load of spice and grass, so the Sweet Wheat is a departure for them, replacing the more traditional rye in the mash bill with wheat, which lends a softer, more plush texture to the whiskey. We think this measures up well against the more well-known wheated bourbons such as Pappy and Weller, and love it for its genteel caramel & cream profile.

As a bourbon, the mash is still at least 51% corn (though they won’t release the exact proportions) and the corn gives the bourbon a classic, lean, dry backbone upon which the wheat can layer flavors of dried fruit, figs, and caramel with a supple body uncommon in most bourbons. The corn lends beautiful vanilla aromas and the oak barrels contribute another layer to the vanilla, along with classic black tea flavors on the long, lush finish and adds the tingle of tannins to the front and mid-palate sensations. Overall, a complex whiskey that is easygoing enough to enjoy without a thought, or to ponder over as a sipper if you’re so inclined. Bring your Bourbon Society passport in any time in August for a complimentary pour!