Barrel #: 875
Bottle #: 52
Rick #: 31
Tasted: Neat, in glencairn glass
Blanton’s was the bourbon that started the single barrel craze in the early 1980’s. In 1984, Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee released the first bottle of Blanton’s single barrel bourbon. It’s named after Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton, a former George T. Stagg Distillery (now Buffalo Trace) president. The process for selecting Blanton’s barrels hasn’t really changed since its launch, and the barrels still are individually picked from Buffalo Trace’s “H” warehouse, considered by many as one of their best. In addition to paying tribute to the distillery’s legendary president, Blanton’s also celebrates the horse racing culture which surrounds the distillery, with Keeneland Race Track close by in Lexington, KY. Each bottle of Blanton’s is hand filled, labeled, and sealed with one of 7 unique metal horse sculptures, which when assembled together spell out B-L-A-N-T-O-N-S. Blanton’s is assumed to be around 8 years old, and uses Buffalo Trace’s mash bill #2.
Nose: Love the nose on this bourbon. Heavy fresh cherry. Caramel. Banana. Oak. Vanilla. Spice.
Palate: Heavy on the caramel up front. Orange, which is interesting since I didn’t find it in the nose, but very present on the palate. Vanilla. Slight oak.
Finish: Short finish. Caramel. Cherry. Oak. Spice.
Grade: 87 – 89 (B+) = Great, Always want to have a bottle
Blanton’s is one fine tasting bourbon! It doesn’t blow me away, but it has some interesting notes that keep me coming back for more. When I’m at a new restaurant or bar, I quickly review the bourbons they have to offer. If they have Blanton’s or Booker’s I know I’ll be set for the night. These two bourbons are like my safety net. They are popular enough to be at most restaurants/bars, but delicious and interesting enough to appease my bourbon needs. Blanton’s is a great bottle to add to your bar. Almost all types of whiskey drinkers can sit down with this pour and be satisfied. Plus, Blanton’s comes in one of the most unique and gorgeous bottles on the market. I also love the detailed information this give you about the origins of the barrel. Cheers!Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon Review, Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, review, Whiskey blog, Whiskey review