Thomas Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Finish Bourbon is one of three wine-finished bourbons released by 1792 Barton to experiment with extended cask finishing (port, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay). To Barton, extended means 1-3 years, which I would also define as extended when most finishes are 3-6 months, so that’s interesting. I’m not entirely sure if this finish this is closer to 1 or 3 years though. This also marks Barton’s initial release of their “ultra-premium” line of bourbons, whatever the heck that means.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a broad term for a type of red wine made from the cabernet sauvignon grape that is now grown across the world. Unlike port wine, it’s not specific to a single place or country. Regardless of origin, I’d expect the Cabernet Sauvignon cask finish to infuse extra dark berry fruitiness, possibly some vegetal grassiness, oak from the cask itself, and drying tannins from both the wine and cask. It’s also not as intensely sweet as port is, so I expect the finish to be less sweet, although 1792 could have finished this bourbon longer to extract more sweetness and oak. Let’s dig into the fruits of 1792’s labor in this Thomas Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Cask Finish Bourbon review.