Review #186. Very Old Barton Bottled In Bond 1990

Whiskey Network Review #186 | /r/Bourbon Review #103: Very Old Barton Bottled in Bond (1990)

Nose: Fruity, malty and sweet. Dash of faint fudge, confectioners sugar and thick vanilla and icing.

Taste: Syrupy sweet and a good mouth feel. Not hot for the proof. Vanilla, dusty leather, fruity malty doughy sweet. Clove and cinnamon. Yum.

Finish: Medium finish – sweet and fruity with no heat to speak of. Well rounded overall and enjoyably complex.

Overall: VOB really doesn’t get broadcasted too much as a legendary dram but both of the BIB’s from them I’ve had (this one and the new one) are really something to talk about. It’s delicious, aged at least 4 years, good proof and an insane value. I’m not sure which one I favor more in the old vs new debate (I wish I had a way to SBS them) but the new doesn’t seem to have dipped in quality and they’re both delicious. For this, I’m rating the dusty Very Old Barton Bottled in Bond a 6 – placing it among other “step above” drams like modern VOB BiB, Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 6yr, Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch and Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10yr Bourbon. Impressive.

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Rank: 6


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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