I didn’t start drinking until my late 20’s, and when I did drink it wasn’t whiskey. But in those glorious years that whiskey and especially bourbon were introduced into my life, my friends always said Blanton’s was the standard for excellent bourbon. So when I was ready for the good stuff, Blanton’s was the one I knew I had to order.
Blanton’s presents itself as the first single barrel bourbon, with a standard aging time of 8 years. This spirit lives in the middle of warehouse H at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, and is one of the most recognizable bottles on the shelf. The bottle is unique with a geometrically round body and a classic racing horse topper, letting you know it’s not like the rest.
So of course in the fashion of The Society, the rest of this review is from a blind tasting perspective. This removes all my past experience and expectations of this spirit and also includes the voices of the group.
If you want to have a good tasting bourbon that also looks great on your shelf, then a bottle of Blanton’s won’t let you down.
The Nose: You will smell citrus, vanilla, and a little bit of spice.
The Pallet: Caramel to start and then the nose flavors start showing up – mild oak at the beginning, but rye flavors will linger throughout the taste. Over time you may even get light notes of chocolate.
The Finish: Finishes smooth, and some members noted that the spice went all the way through the tasting process from nose, tasting, and finish. There is also a sense of lasting flavor – no need to keep sipping to cover up anything bad. Remember that this is a single barrel bourbon, so there will be minute variations from bottle to bottle. But Blanton’s specifically comes from the middle of warehouse H – every bottle is there.
The Verdict: Our Society tasters gave Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon a blind finger pour rating of 2.4. Blanton’s was not our highest scored bourbon, but it does hang out at the top of our list. Our Society tasters really enjoyed it, or really felt like they were tasting an average to slightly above average bourbon. We give this bottle a medium value. This is a solid bourbon. However, for the average price of $55 dollars a bottle (750ml), you can find a more unique and better tasting bourbon for less. If you want to have a good tasting bourbon that also looks great on your shelf, then a bottle of Blanton’s won’t let you down.
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