Never tried Blanton’s before. Mainly because it’s generally more expensive and less available than other stuff in the UK, probably due to the little figurine atop each bottle. I was excited about this one in particular because it was up at that higher strength than can sometimes denote an older Bourbon and greater intensity, which is generally what I’m craving from my Bourbon.
Since then I’ve leant that it’s distilled at Buffalo Trace and has a pretty good reputation for quality across the whole range.
Blanton's Straight from the Barrel 66.65%
Nose: Intense, oak, nutty, caramel, damp rotting wood, which isn’t an off note but makes for a really interesting nose.
Water: Softer with more fruit, almond and marzipan, even some cherry.
Taste: Really intense caramel and oak then toffee and tingling spices, vanilla, quite bitter though.
Water: Softer with more balance now, lovely orange and it's more juicy.
Finish: Long length. This is where the magic happens. Chocolate, dense and rich, nice oak. Better with water again. Lovely finish.
A very impressive one for my first Blanton's, although not quite as good as the Elijah Craig Barrel Strength I’ve had recently, this is great quality. Especially in the finish here, this one really shines.
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American Review #54
Whisky Network Review #653
American Average: 69.3
Network Average: 74.7
Best Score: 93
Worst Score: 22
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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