The Bluegrass State of America, Kentucky is the bourbon capital of the world, making around 95% of all bourbon whiskey. Of these, Blanton’s was the first super-premium bourbon as well as the first single barrel bourbon. This distinctive brand offers four delightful expressions of its single barrel Kentucky bourbon to please all palates. Blanton’s Single Barrel, Gold, Special Reserve, and Straight from the Barrel are all worth trying.
Blanton’s Single Barrel: This is the core bourbon from the Blanton’s range. This traditional spirit is matured in white oak casks, bottled at 46.5% alcohol by volume.
Blanton’s Special Reserve: This is a lower-strength single barrel offering of the delicious Blanton’s bourbon. At 40% alcohol by volume, the palate is soft and light.
Blanton’s Gold: This is a higher-strength edition of Blanton’s single barrel bourbon. Bottled at 51.5% alcohol by volume, you get all the flavour of the original but with more body from the additional proof.
Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel: This cask-strength single barrel bourbon is a rare release for those bourbon-loving connoisseurs out there. It is unfiltered and uncut so that you can taste the intense power of Blanton’s for yourself.
HistoryBlanton’s is relatively new to the bourbon whiskey scene. First introduced by Elmer T. Lee in 1984, this Kentucky company has made its name by offering high-quality single barrel bourbon whiskey. Blanton’s is distilled in the Buffalo Trace Distillery, which has been continuously operating for more than two centuries – not stopping during either Prohibition or World War II, a feat that many other producers did not manage.
Product RangeEvery bottle of Blanton’s bourbon is hand-numbered and labelled. The dump date, barrel number, rick number, warehouse, and proof are all handwritten on the label. The short, rounded bottles with their horse and jockey toppers are an elegant addition to any bar. Blanton’s bourbon is offered in four main expressions, which use a sour mash of corn, rye, and malted barley as the base.
Other Relevant InformationEight different stoppers are used for Blanton’s bourbon. Since the bourbon is bottled by hand, these are randomly added to the bottles. As a nod to the rich history of horsemanship in Kentucky, each stopper features a horse and its jockey in a different stride and pose. After collecting all eight, you will be able to spell B-L-A-N-T-O-N-S. Blanton’s bourbon is aged exclusively in Warehouse H. This building is made of steel instead of brick, so that there is little insulation and more changes in temperature throughout the ageing process, resulting in a richer final product.
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