1792 Sweet Wheat



Class:  Kentucky Straight Bourbon (Wheated)

Reviewer:  Bobby Long

Produced in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Barton 1792 Distillery, which is owned by Sazerac Company (i.e. Buffalo Trace), this is the first and only wheated whiskey in the 1792 lineup. Most bourbons have rye as the second largest contributing grain (bourbon must be 51% corn) but wheaters opt instead to use wheat. Wheaters have been part of the bourbon scene for a long time, and have been popularized by lines like Makers Mark and Van Winkle.  Maker's Mark is the most common wheated bourbon you'll find, and serves as an excellent baseline for wheaters to be judged against.


  • No age statement, but allegedly 8(ish) years old.
  • Mash bill info is not disclosed, other than that wheat is used instead of rye alongside the corn and barley.
  • Bottled at 45.6% ABV (91.2 proof).

Nose:  Alcohol prickle creeps up first but is quickly followed by sweet fruitiness.  Almost like a thumbprint cookie, sweet elements dominate here.  The fruit is strong and reminds me of a fruit punch medley with warm vanilla and light toffee underneath.

Palate:  Sweet, light and thin.  The oak is present initially, follwed by the sweet fruit punch flavor which pulls this whiskey along your palate.  There is some caramel and vanilla mixed with the fruit and wheat.  This dram shines mid-palate when the sweet vanilla really hits the fruitiness. There's an odd touch of sourness like wine or maybe apples before it leaves you with a nice pie crust flavor.

Finish:  Lots of soft and fresh literal wheat notes here, alongside fruit and vanilla with a little cream to it-almost custard like, then it goes to that warm baked pie crust I noticed at the tail end of the palate.

Score:  70/100

Buying Recommendation:  Worth buying a pour.  This has the big sweetness of a classic wheated whiskey, but is a bit thin, lacking overall depth and character.  This is an easy sipping whiskey that most people could probably get along with, but I can help but feel like a few extra proof points would have really elevated this whiskey.  For $30-40, you could do worse, but unless extra sweet is your thing you can likely do better.

The Rating Scale

At WBSE we use a true 100 point scale for scoring to allow whiskeys to further differentiate themselves (as opposed to a letter grade scale where 90% of whiskeys fall between 78-92).  This allows you to more easily compare scores between different whiskeys.  Here is how the scale breaks down:

1-49:  Varying degrees of bad

55:  Average

60-69:  Better than average

70-79:  solid/good

80-89:  excellent

90+:  truly exceptional

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Bobby is a self-proclaimed high proof enthusiast. Bobby has always been drawn to high proofs; in college, it was a fairly common sight to see him drinking Everclear straight from the bottle on Saturday evenings at Theta Chi’s Zeta Lambda chapter. Bobby naturally transitioned to drinking more whiskey, and started seeking out more complex whiskeys in his mid 20’s. His whiskey obsession really picked up after he tasted Booker’s and Jefferson’s Reserve. Bobby is a huge fan of bourbon and more recently rye whiskeys, with much to learn yet about scotch. The sweet heat of bourbon and rye is Bobby’s biggest draw.

With a bachelors degree from Westminster College in political science and minor in history, he has worked with spectrum disorder kids and adults for 10 years. When not working with kids or having a glass with friends Bobby is probably fishing, playing video games, shooting targets, playing basketball or spending time with his fiancé. Bobby is easily identified as the short, opinionated guy that is on a mission to find the richest most complex whiskeys the world has to offer.

1 thought on “1792 Sweet Wheat”

  1. One of the few wheated bourbons I was disappointed in. Just never could really get into it. I’d pick up a Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve for $20 before I’d pick up another bottle of Sweet Wheat.

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