It’s no surprise to find lengthily aged bourbon so high up the ladder. While more age does not always equal better whiskey — particularly in bourbon and rye, which require new oaked barrels and can quickly run up against over-oaking — the folks at 1792 obviously know what they hold in hand and have priced it accordingly. The average price for Aged Twelve Years, per wine-searcher, is around $200, though it may be cheaper at your local liquor store if you’re able to score a bottle for retail.
So what do you get for $200? Well, something mighty fine. Tasted without any knowledge of the price point, this definitely shot to the top of the list. But here’s the catch: this is most definitely not a bourbon for everyone. This far into the aging, it’s got some funky strut that will put a few folks off, while drawing in others who definitely want a tour that steps off the path. It’s not for everyone, but it’s exquisitely rewarding to those who do. This is really one to try at the bar before purchasing a bottle. If it’s your thing, it pays dividends. If not, you’ll be happier with the more familiar offerings above.
Right from the piquant, floral nose, this one will challenge you. Then it dips into a briny, nutty flavor. Pair it with a charcuterie board featuring bleu cheese and long-cured salami, or sip it alongside a dry-aged steak. When you order the Aged Twelve Years, tonight is no longer a night for mild flavors or restraint.