Sazerac, the American drinks producer and owner of brands including Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, George T Stagg and Old Rip Van Winkle, has announced the launch of a new expression to its 1792 bourbon brand; Sweet Wheat.
1792 Sweet Wheat (49.6% ABV) was distilled back in 2007 and made with a recipe of corn, wheat, malted barley and a yeast strain specific to Barton 1792 Distillery. Wheat is used as the secondary grain, rather than traditional rye.
This new expression which was distilled and aged for eight years in the warehouses at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, is said to deliver notes of caramel, vanilla, ripe fruits, deep oak tannins and tobacco.
Commenting on the new release, Ken Pierce, Director of Distillation and Quality Assurance at the Sazerac Company, said: “Using wheat instead of rye gives the taste profile a softer and more delicate flavour,” said Ken Pierce, director of distillation and quality assurance. “The soft flavour is balanced by rich oak tannins extracted by the bourbon while aging in the charred oak barrels.”
1792 Sweet Wheat bourbon whiskey, will be available across the US later this summer for a RRP of $32.99. The distillery also plans to release more new 1792 expressions over the next few years.