Very Old Barton
Kentuck Straight Bourbon Whiskey
No Age Statement (NAS) - Aged at least 36 Months
Barton Distilling Company - Frankfort, Kentucky
Retail Price: $14
Poured Neat in a Glencarin
Nose: Caramel Corn right off the bat! You know that feeling when you push in the side of the cardboard of a box of Cracker Jack's? That's the initial smell I pick up. Once the liquid is swirled, I pick up a slight citrus and Granny-Smith apples and a hint of baking spices.
Palate: So, the first sip actually packs a punch. Don't get on me about this only being 80 Proof and there's no punch to be had. Hear me out. The punch isn't because of the proof. This is a very flavorful dram. Toffee and vanilla keep the sweetness pretty well rounded. There isn't as much spice as I expected based on the nose, but still plenty of flavor.
Finish: Thin. A slight linger and very light coating.
Overall: A very good budget bourbon if that is what you are searching for. I'd love to see this age stated, especially with the title "Very Old". The lower proof really doesn't bother me as the flavors are still very evident. If you are on a tight budget and looking for some full flavor, this is one to "check-out" and still have a few bucks left over for a bite to eat.
Library Rating: 7.4 / 10