Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Whiskey Review

by Wooden Cork

Name: Blanton's Original Single Barrel Whiskey
Manufacturer: Buffalo Trace
Age: Not provided
Location Produced: Buffalo Trace Distillery, Franklin Co., KY
Mash Bill: Unknown
Aroma (from manufacturer): Nutmeg and spices
Taste (from manufacturer): Dry vanilla notes with hints of honey amid strong caramel and corn
Finish (from manufacturer): Medium finish with corn and nutmeg
Proof/Alcohol: 93 (46.5% alcohol by volume)
Who is this for?: Hoarders, bourbon enthusiasts, bourbon fans
Taste - Score 30 out of 35

On the nose, for me, this was fairly straightforward. I picked up lots of oak with hints of vanilla. The Duchess called the nose simple, however, McMillionaire picked up tobacco, leather, and a barn smell.
When I put it to my mouth, the taste isn't overly complex, but it's very nice in the mouth and tastes what a good bourbon should taste like. In terms of expressions, the Duchess picked up mineral and stone and McMillionaire had sweet notes, a slight spice, and honey.
To me, this was delicious but not as complex as others, but something that I enjoyed drinking straight over ice.

Smoothness/Finish - Score 21.5 out of 25

All three of us agreed the finish is smooth with a lingering warmth. It's not overbearing. I found it more enjoyable with a splash of water, but that is personal preference. The finish is on point and this is the second highest rating I've given on finish so far (tied with Weller Antique 107 and slightly behind Willett Straight Rye).

Intangibles: Color/Appearance - Score 15 out of 15.
Every part of the Blanton's bottle experience is high-end. The bottles come in cardboard packaging. Once you open that, the bottles come wrapped in a Blanton's felt-like bag. From there, the bottle comes adorned with the Blanton's horse stopper on top of a wax ring to ensure the product hasn't been tampered with. As you may know, the toppers 'features a horse and jockey in different strides and poses resembling the stages of a horse race. Each stopper is marked with a single letter that spells Blanton's when the set has been completed.'

The bottle itself is numbered with the date the bourbon was dumped, where it was stored, and what barrel it came from. All-in-all, it's beautiful and looks great on any shelf.

The color is a deep brown and compares well with others. It's exactly how I would expect bourbon to look.

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