Thomas Moore Port 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 the port finish in 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.
As a refresher, port is a Portuguese fortified wine, often associated with intense and dark sweetness. It’s like drinking syrupy raisins, although admittedly it is more varied and nuanced than that, I just happen to drink more sherry than I do port. I personally find that dark and fruity port wine finishes mesh well with bourbon, with Redwood Empire Haystack Needle Port Finish being one of my favorites. Let’s find out what this 2+ year port cask finish does in the Thomas Moore Port Cask Finish Bourbon review.