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Very Old Barton

I first tried this when I toured the Barton 1792 distillery and was very impressed.  I was even more impressed when I saw it retailed for under $15 a bottle.  I think the name needs a little work however ... Very Old in this case means aged for 6 years.  Still in bourbon years that is not young, but it's not very old either.  The nose shows some signs of age, a little vanilla and corn but not big or bold.  However the tell tale acetone note of young whisky not present so sometimes it is what you don't smell that is interesting. The taste is also integrated and sweet with caramel and some fruit and molasses (almost rum like).  The finish has a nice bite of oak spice and rye to balance the sweet, by no means a grand finale, more of a fond farewell.  I like it, it has some imperfections, but that just adds to the charm.  Perhaps a more appropriate name might be Very Good Barton.

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  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Type: Bourbon
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No

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