With the introduction of Thomas S. Moore, the Barton 1792 Distillery dove headfirst into the world of wine finished bourbon. Of the three wine barrel types, chardonnay is a type that you typically don’t see bourbon producers use too often. While Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection 2007 release was finished in Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay barrels, not many mainstream releases have used a chardonnay finishing barrel since. In this case, the result is a bourbon that picks up a large influence from the chardonnay barrel while still retaining a decidedly whiskey base. The palate comes off as slightly unbalanced due to the buttery/dry combination that seems to slam into you after a few seconds, however, overall it does exactly what it sets out to do. Impart influences from the wine barrel into the whiskey and creating a unique and intriguing drinking experience. It may not be the best wine finished whiskeys in the marketplace, but it’s certainly one of the more intriguing ones.