Today I am tasting Blanton’s Single Barrel Boubon bottle number 159 from barrel number 67 from warehouse H on Rick 21, dumped on 10-28-14 and bottled at 93 proof. After yesterday’s disappointing date with Balcones single malt, I wanted to go back to that former girlfriend who never disappoints or knows how to say the say the word no. You might notice the half empty bottle…. That’s because this bottle lost her virginity a couple months ago…. Now for some analytical pleasure.
From the Blanton’s website… “The finest bourbon in the world comes from a single barrel. That’s the way Colonel Albert B. Blanton first bottled his private reserve bourbon nearly a century ago. Blanton believed the “center-cut” or middle sections of Warehouse H were the best for aging his bourbon. Personally tasting and choosing each barrel, these barrels were reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family and friends becoming the world’s first single barrel bourbon. His time honored tradition lives on today as only a handful of barrels from the center of Warehouse H are selected to become Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon.” I am pretty sure that none of this is true, but what is true is that Blanton’s is made under contract with Buffalo Trace and marketed by the Blanton’s folks to make one helluva whiskey.
Back to the pour…. It is a light colored Amber in the glencairn glass. We don’t know the age because it is not released, but looks either side of four years.
The nose is sweet upfront with vanilla, toffee, licorice, sliced almonds, roasted peanut butter but still manages to tell you that it’s a serious whiskey. Give this bourbon to people who have drank bad whiskey for so long, and once they try this, they won’t go back. The invitation to taste is one that I can not turn down.
The well integrated sweet nose appears on the palate as well, as my belief in Bourbon is restored by every sip I take. The warmth permeates as the oak and nutty flavors envelop my tongue. I am reminded why Blanton’s is one of those bourbons that everyone likes and is very consistent.
The bourbon is so smooth, I’m not even going to try it with water–it’s just not needed. Hands down, this is a great Bourbon. The one complaint is that I would prefer it to be bottled at a higher proof. Perhaps I should look into their Straight from the Barrel line, but I have never seen it in any store… Even if the Colonel had nothing to do with this bourbon, Buffalo Trace again makes a great product. A little more expensive than it used to be, but what isn’t these days? 92/100