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Jun 16

Blanton’s Bourbon – Review

Blanton's BourbonBlanton’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

93 Proof

Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML

Distiller: Blanton Distilling Company

 

Background

Taken from the center-cut or middle sections of the famous Warehouse H, Blanton’s Original was once designated for ambassadors, dignitaries, and Colonel Blanton’s family and friends.  Today, everyone has access to the world’s first single barrel bourbon.

This came straight from Blanton’s website, and I think this says it all.  What was once reserved for the upper crust of society is now available for even us lowly peasants.  And Blanton’s sure tastes like it’s a cut above the rest, so I can’t help but think that it’s too good for me.

 

Review

Mmm . . . bourbon.  That’s about all I need to say about the nose of Blanton’s.  This is pure Kentucky goodness right from the get-go.

Blanton’s really shines straight from the first sip.  Lots of vanilla sweetness with a bit of a wheat taste despite it not showing up in the mash bill.  No distinguishable rye present as far as I can tell, which is perfect for my taste!  Seems similar to Buffalo Trace, although higher proof and smoother.

The finish is really nice.  Just a slight burn with a side of vanilla.

 

Rating & Recommendations

I really enjoy Blanton’s, and to me this is one bourbon worth the hefty price tag.  I give this whiskey a rating of 89 out of 100.

Enjoy this stuff neat; you’re paying for a quality drink so don’t water it down!

Blanton’s is a bourbon that everyone should have in their liquor cabinet.  Share it with someone who appreciates good whiskey.  Don’t waste it on amateurs.

 

-Ryan

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  1. Dan Williams

    In a nod to its goodness and bottle shape, my friends refer to Blanton’s as the “Holy Hand Grenade!”

  2. sandra

    i have recently been given a bottle of blantons bourbon by my father…would like to know the value of this bottle…dated 1993 barrel h bottle number 43 …do not want to sell…just curious,….never been opened thank you

    1. Ryan

      Hi Sandra.

      That’s very cool, but unfortunately I would be unqualified to answer your question. I can tell you that if it is standard Blanton’s, it probably isn’t worth all that much more than the $45-55 that a new bottle would run you today. If you are unfamiliar with whiskey (I don’t want to insult you if you are), it’s not known to age in the bottle the same way it would in the barrel, therefore older whiskeys bottled decades ago aren’t much different than whiskeys bottled today.

      I hope this help, at least a little bit. Thanks for the comment!

      -Ryan

  3. Dan Jansen

    I know this is an old review but i had to comment on it. I jjust came across your blog and have read several of your reviews. Since I consider whiskey reviews to be ‘highly’ subjective I was glad to read you rate it so highly. Blanton’s is by far my favorite and figure I can trust your other reviews to be similar to my own palate. Thanks for the great work.

    1. Ryan

      Thanks for the kind words, Dan. Cheers!

      -Ryan

  4. Donna Johnson

    I’m actually a Blanton :)

    1. David Blanton

      As am I, and BTW a descendant of Albert Blanton. Cheers.

  5. Michael Bourbon

    New poster:

    The wife picked me up a Blantons dumped on 4/24/14, barrel #449, stored in warehouse H on rick 14.

    Quite a treat to the eyes (the unique bottle shape and the cork decal) and a sweet butterscotch with caramel undertones welcome to the nose. Deep amber color.

    I recommend enjoying this neat. If you want it cold, refrigerate the bottle beforehand as it is too “smooth” for ice.

    The tongue agreed with the nose as to the flavor,with a hint of spice lingering on the finish. A somewhat simple but high quality bouquet.

    I would venture to say this is quite a few notches above Buffalo Trace per my pallet.

    Sláinte

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