Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon
Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon ages in tin-clad Warehouse H through the hot Summer months. It continues to age ‘hot’ through the Winter thanks to a steam heating system. The warmer the warehouse is, the more the staves of the barrel expand. This allows the bourbon to seep further into the cracks of the alligator-charred interior and pull more flavor from the oak. The result is a bourbon with excellent color and deeply complex flavors.
If you’re looking for consistency you aren’t going to find it in a single barrel bourbon. What Blanton’s does offer is the location of the barrel your bourbon came from. Note the rick number and the barrel number. If you loved the bourbon from that barrel look for other bottles from the same location. Even still, the bourbon is going to vary from year to year.
Despite the variances, Blanton’s does offer some characteristic notes that will almost always be present. The opening has hints of rye, vanilla and honey that balance with the strong presence of caramel. A good mild burn carries with the caramel flavor to finish, which I have found to be different with every bottle. A good amount of spice can be found on the end, but you might also get a taste of pepper, maple, chocolate, tobacco, or cinnamon depending on your barrel.
This bourbon will keep an enthusiast’s interest, but it’s one you could also enjoy with a newcomer without reservations.
Favorite Barrel so far - #290, Rick 28 (2008)