Review: Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon
You’ll know it by the little horse and rider on the stopper and the grenade-shaped bottle. At $45 a bottle, you’ll often find this in the lockup at your local liquor store.
As bourbons go, it’s unique: All bottles are single-barrel bottlings, which means that a glass will vary from state to state and store to store. Aside from several bottlings created for duty-free markets alone, there is only the “original” single barrel bottling. Hence the price.
How’s it taste? Quite good. An odd 93 proof, the bourbon goes down smoother than you’d think when served neat, but a splash of water brings out the honey, caramel, and burnt sugar notes to an even more obvious level. I’d be fine using Blanton’s as a sipping whiskey or in a mostly-whiskey cocktail like a Manhattan. Just avoid blending it too much with strong aromatics or liqueurs or you’ll lose the delicate character.
There’s not a lot of nuance in Blanton’s, surprising for a single-barrel whiskey, but it’s otherwise a fine whiskey that easily earns its notoriety.
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