Blanton’s The Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is a high rye bourbon which is aged in Buffalo Trace’s only metal skinned warehouse; Warehouse H. Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee released this whiskey in honor of Col. Albert Blanton, who was a master distiller at what is now known as Buffalo Trace Distillery. It’s unique round bottle and running horse stopper make it stand out on the shelf; and its stopper comes in eight different horse and rider positions. This is truly a whiskey that catches your eye, and is considered one of the finest bourbons on the market. Surprisingly though, some pass it by thinking its looks are simply a marketing ploy, and the contents can’t be very good.
The whiskey used for this review is Bottle 142, bottled on 6-28-16, Barrel 1066, Warehouse H, Rick 55. To get the exact same notes you would have to sample another bottle from that exact same barrel, but this review will give you a good idea what to expect from any of their single barrels.
To find out more about Blanton’s The Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey and their other offerings, please visit their website: www.blantonsbourbon.com.
AGE: NAS (8-9 years)
SERVED: Neat / Glencairn Glass
COLOR: Dull Gold with a hint of amber.
Coats the glass thickly, and forms long thick legs.
NOSE: Rich Caramel, Vanilla, Citrus, over-ripe cherries, and subtle spices.
PALATE: Oily and smooth. Vanilla leads, followed closely by subtle ripe sweet red fruits, a touch of orange, rye spices bring up the end and then a touch of oak.
FINISH: Medium finish, with burned sugars, vanilla, a pinch of spice, and a sliver of oak. For 93 Proof I expected a bit more heat, so consider this a mild 93. But both the finish and heat fade away pleasantly.
OVERVIEW: To me this is a truly refined and pleasant pour. It shows what is wonderful about bourbon. Is it worth the price? I am torn on that one. I don’t think it is “not” worth the price, but I know there are other great bourbons out there at its price point and even less. I wish it cost less, but don’t feel as if I was over charged for the bottle. If you can find it at $40 (as some say you can now and again), it is a definite BUY IT. No, buy at least two of them. At standard prices, it is fine, but not a great deal. Don’t get me wrong though, I really enjoy this bourbon. It is simply wonderful. If it was at a higher proof.. OH YES! This is truly a gentleman’s bourbon worth a pour though. I can not find anything “wrong” with it. So a tip of the hat to Blanton’s. Cheers.