Buckner’s Single Barrel 13 Year Review

Sunday Evening Review


This week’s bottle came on the market like a storm but has since seemed to no longer be the must have bottle. Is it the juice or is it just the $200 price tag. We will find out his week on the Sunday Evening Review as I go through Augusta Distiller’s Buckner’s Single Barrel.


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NAME – Buckner’s Single Barrel


PROOF – 118.2


AGE – 13 years


COLOR – copper wire (1.4 tawny on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)


NOSE – Honeycrisp apple, butterscotch, amber honey, vanilla wafers, toasted pecan, and aged oak.


TASTE – Cinnamon rolls, cooked caramel, stewed apples, vanilla, toasted oak


FINISH – I would call this a medium finish. The caramel, along with some raisins and oak finish this up.


REVIEW – Will start this by saying this is a very good pour and very enjoyable to drink but its not $200 good. As soon as I put my nose on this I knew that smell immediately. Though its not official there is a high probability of being a Barton sourced juice and it smelled exactly like 1792 Full Proof. The 13-year age statement along with a single barrel and barrel proof entices buyers that they are going to get something that is more than a standard 1792 Full Proof. To me it is not and dare I say it may not be as good. It should have a better mouth feel and a longer finish for the age and the price. In the $60 to $80 price range this is a buy but no way at $200 which is MSRP.


FINAL COMMENTS – Like I said in the review that this is a highly likely sourced juice from Barton and the mash bill all but confirms it as it is a 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% barley which is the exact mash bill of 1792.


There always has to be a story and Buckner’s is no different. Here it is from the website:


Buckner’s Single-Barrel Bourbon is a tribute to the lasting legacy of Revolutionary War Hero Captain Philip Buckner.  Following his years of service in the Virginia Militia, Buckner was awarded 7,000 acres along the Ohio River that would ultimately give rise the city of Augusta, Kentucky.  The civic minded Buckner would go on to establish the first school, courthouse and jail, setting the roots of prosperity still visible in the community today.


I want to say again that his was a very good pour and if your friends of family offer it to you don’t hesitate but when the cashier ask you for $200 plus tax our of your wallet, you may want to look down the bourbon aisle again.


1792 Single Barrel Review

If any of you are in a large family where there are 4 siblings or more, you know certain ones for better or worse gets more attention than others. Sometimes there is one due to circumstance or because it doesn’t need the attention due to self-drawn confidence sits in the shadows.  People outside the family may even forget they are part of the family. Hard to believe but 1792 Single Barrel, I feel, gets little shine due to the following that the 12 Year, Full Proof, Sweet Wheat and Bottled In Bond get and then the Small Batch gets attention just for being a very good value. This week I put a spotlight on a bottle that little is mentioned about from 1792.


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NAME – 1792 Single Barrel


PROOF – 98.6


AGE – non-age stated


COLOR – woven copper (1.4 tawny on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)


NOSE – Honeycrisp apple, Werthers candy, thick honey, and aged oak.


TASTE – Vanilla and cinnamon come hitting at the front. Caramel, bit of citrus and aged oak round out the profile.


FINISH – I would call this a medium finish. The cinnamon, aged oak and a sprinkle of citrus last until the end. This hits harder on the ethanol than most sub-100 proofers and thus you get that burn in the back and sides of the tongue.


REVIEW – This bottle is a hidden gem but the problem it is hidden a lot. Not the easiest to find but with MSRP at $38.27 according to OHLQ it is an absolute steal. Most the time when you do find it the normal pricing is $50 or less. Don’t hesitate to snag it. Like the Full Proof and Bottled In Bond, this is an always grab if it is on the shelf (I would say 12 year also but the prices on it are insane).


FINAL COMMENTS – On the back label is says: “In order to create this unique bourbon, the finest barrels are selected and tasted from the best aging warehouses. Only those barrels deemed ‘exceptional’ are then bottled individually, one by one. This preserves the distinct character of each barrel. This superior bourbon has flavors of rich butterscotch and caramel notes, delicately balanced with hints of fruit and toffee.”


In addition to the 1792 line-up, the Barton 1792 Distillery also produces Very Old Barton, Kentucky Tavern, Kentucky Gentleman, Ten High, Colonel Lee, Zachariah Harris, Tom Moore spirits and recently acquired Early Times lineup.