Very Old Barton Bottled-in-Bond

83 Good Value

VOB, especially this bottled-in-bond version at 100 proof, is imminently smooth and enjoyable. In terms of value, it's hard to see how it can't be one of the very top bourbon picks in its price range.

glencairn-amazonThis was originally reviewed as part of our Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  The original review can be found here.

VOB100, as it’s often called, is a product of the Sazerac Company.  It is distilled and bottled at the Barton Distillery in Bardstown, KY rather than the massive Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort.  This version is bottled-in-bond at 100 proof, though it can also be had at various lower ABVs.

Very Old Barton BiB 1

  • Appearance: Medium Mahogany.
  • Nose: Caramel, Corn, and Vanilla.
  • Taste: Caramel, maple syrup, bananas, and some ripe dark fruits.
  • Finish: Long, sweet, and satisfying.  There is enough alcohol burn to remind you you’re drinking 100 proof whiskey, but it is far from unpleasant.
  • Score: 83/100


As a sub $20 bourbon, VOB has a staunch following of fans who rely on VOB as their “house” or “table” bourbon.  Rightly so.  VOB, especially this bottled-in-bond version at 100 proof, is imminently smooth and enjoyable.  In terms of value, it’s hard to see how it can’t be one of the very top bourbon picks in its price range.  Thus, I highly recommend Very Old Barton 100 Proof  to those seeking the flavors of a top-shelf bourbon at a budget price.

The scoring system is a standard 100 point system based on 4 categories, taken in order.

  1. Appearance: 15 points
  2. Nose: 25 Points
  3. Palate/Taste: 35 Points
  4. Finish: 25 points
  • 95+        Epic
  • 90-94     Excellent, Good representative of its style
  • 85-89     Solid sipper
  • 80-84     Drinkable, but potentially flawed.
  • 75-79     Low quality, flawed, use as a mixer only
  • <75        Rot Gut, avoid
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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at


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