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Review #70 Revisiting Blantons

Updated: Feb 21, 2021

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Proof: 93

Age: NAS (6-8 years)

Mashbill: Undisclosed

BACKGROUND: Blanton's brand was launched in 1984 under the guidance of the distillery's master distiller Elmer T. Lee, as the first modern bourbon brand marketed as a single barrel bourbon. Each bottling batch is produced from the contents of only one particular aging barrel – not mixed with whiskey from any other. Each is dumped by hand without using machinery. It is aged in Warehouse H at Buffalo Trace, which is the only metal-cladded warehouse at Buffalo Trace and was commissioned for construction by Albert B. Blanton, shortly after the end of the Prohibition era. Being metal, the warehouse transfers heat quicker than brick warehouses, which allows for more rapid aging.

NOSE: You’re greeted with a spicy citrus smell followed by strong scents of vanilla & cinnamon, very welcoming. (22/25)

PALATE: A warm caramel orange flavor immediately coats your entire mouth the second you take your first sip. The back end brings a vanilla spice that fades into a delicious sweet oak. (35/40)

FINISH: You are left with a delightful burnt vanilla with hints of caramel that fades away with medium heat common with most single barrel bourbons. (22/25)

VALUE: Blanton’s is not too overpriced if you can find it at it’s MSRP of $55 or find it at all. We would pay up to $65 (8/10)

Overall: 87/100

FINAL THOUGHTS: An absolute staple in the whiskey community and for good reason. You can’t go wrong with a bottle of Blantons.

Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: E. H. Taylor Single Barrel

Similar & Equal Whiskey: Henry McKenna 10 Year

Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Jefferson’s Ocean Voyage 20

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Scoring Legend:

96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey

85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers

50-59: Not my cup of tea

Below 50: Give away

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