Ridgemont Reserve was formerly Ridgewood Reserve until Barton's was sued by Brown & Foreman for infringement on their Woodford Reserve. How they won the case I have no idea as the bottles don't look the same, the printing and placement is different and a host of other things. But win they did so we now have Ridgemont instead of Ridgewood. If you find a Ridgewood it is a bit of a collector's item now.
I was going to review this bourbon earlier but it didn't impress me too much so I decided to wait and give it another chance. After a fine cookout this holiday, a short walk to help the digestion, I poured a good sized dollop in my glass and headed out to the deck with my drink in one hand and a DCM toro in the other that I fired up after I wrote these notes.
I really wanted to like this as Very Old Barton is a really good bourbon and this is supposed to be higher up in their line. However, this was not to be the case. Tasting brings on alcohol and a little of the sweetness that bourbon has but overall it is flat with nothing really making itself known. I tried an ice cube and that helped alittle in bringing out some of the corn and vanilla flavoring but again, nothing much was going on. For me this is a mixing bourbon now......except I don't make any mixed bourbon drinks
My advice is save your money and buy something else.
Edited by AVB, 24 January 2007 - 10:45 AM.