Barton 1792 Announces First Annual ‘Aged Twelve Years’ Release

1792 Aged Twelve Years. Photo Courtesy Barton 1792.
1792 Aged Twelve Years. Photo Courtesy Barton 1792.

Barton 1792 Distillery has announced the first annual release of a new Aged Twelve Years Small Batch Bourbon.

Aged Twelve Years will be crafted from the same rye bourbon mash bill as the distillery’s namesake Small Batch offering and bottled at 96.6 proof. This will be the distillery’s first release under new Master Distiller Danny Kahn. Kahn comes from a beer background, and previously held ranking positions at Sierra Nevada and Anheuser-Busch InBev. He began his tenure at Barton 1792 in June of 2018.

“[Aged Twelve Years has] super-complex up front aromas,” said Kahn in a press release this morning. “The first thing that hits the palate is a subtle but rich sweetness. It is full, slightly creamy, with a hint of pleasant spice that settles on the tongue. At the end, there is a touch of oaky smokiness that rounds out the aromas. The subtle smokiness of the oak married to the slightly spicy rye flavors and the complex aromas are a nod to what one should expect from a well-matured bourbon. Each time I take it in, I find more and more beautiful interactions!”

Recent limited edition bottlings from the brand include 1792 Bottled in Bond as well as a Kentucky release only expression bottled for the state’s 225th anniversary. Prior to that, the distillery has played with different mash bills in releases like High Rye and Sweet Wheat.

1792 Aged Twelve Years will be available on shelves in July in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of around $50. If you miss it this year, don’t despair – the distillery tells us to expect a new small batch of the expression on shelves each summer moving forward.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.