Review: Very Old Barton, Bottled-in-Bond

Maker: Tom Moore Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky (Sazerac)

Age: 6 y/o

Proof: 100 (50% ABV)

Color: surprisingly dark given the stated age.  Caramel.

Nose: Oak, alcohol, caramel corn, brown sugar.  With a splash of water, the wood comes on even more strongly.  This edition is certainly woodier than I remember.

On the palate: Corn, sweet caramel, turbinado sugar, tiny tang of maraschino cherry.  Like in the nose, water brings out the wood, and even some spice that was submerged before. The cherry is also easier to pick out.

Finish: sweet and hot like a teenage summer fling. I am also getting the faintest hint of graham crackers out of the finish, but I’m not sure what to do with that. Let’s ignore it and stick with the teenagers.