87 Decent

A pretty solid value as a private label bourbon from Barton 1782, Flatboat doesn't wow, and it doesn't offend.

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Vital Stats

Distiller: Barton 1792
◾ABV: 45% (90°)
◾Price Paid: $24.99
◾Availability: Exclusive to Liquor Barn, a Central Kentucky Liquor Chain

What it is:Flatboat 4

Similar to Hancock’s Reserve, Flatboat is a Private Label product released exclusively to a large big-box liquor store chain in Central Kentucky.  I was told that the liquor in the bottle is 6-8 years old, but very little other info was avaiilable.  It was distilled at Barton, and the manager mentioned it was aged in barrels originally intended for 1792 bourbon.


This is offered in a tall, standard whiskey bottle with a nice screen printed label and a plastic screw top.  It’s not a wildly expensive packaging, but it’s nice enough for $25.


Somewhat light in color, 6-8 years old seems about right for a 90 proofer.


Simple syrup, vanilla, and butterscotch are the key scents here, with light oak shining through as well.


The font palate definitely follows through with light caramel and vanilla flavors with some slight floral notes.  Oak and currant flavors develop on the mid and back palate, but neither really assert themselves.


Surprisingly long, there are some dark fruits such as blackberries that develop on the finish with a healthy does of black pepper and oak on the tail.


This is really similar to Ridgemont Reserve, and may simply be a replacement for Hancock’s in the Liquor Barn lineup.  Much like Hancock, there’s nothing here to turn off the discerning drinker, but there’s nothing that really pops as outstanding. It’s similar enough to 1792 Ridgemont Reserve that, at $25, it’s clearly worth a purchase if the Barton rye-forward mash bill is your thing.


ModernThirst.com Score: 87 out of 100 Points.

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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and Founder and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. 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. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.


  1. This bourbon doesn’t offend? It doesn’t contain any pleasurable qualities that a bourbon has. The only taste I get from Flatboat is ethanol with plenty of burn.

    • Reginald D on

      A few drops of water should take care of that. Also, letting the bourbon sit in a snifter for a few minutes to air. We took a bottle of Flatboat home to Wisconsin for friends who said “bring us some bourbon” from Kentucky. When we opened and tasted, the reaction was a mix of “wow” and “mmmm” coming from everyone.

  2. I absolutely loved Flatboat! I’m disappointed that the only place I can get it is at the Liquor Barn. Guess another road trip is in the making!

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