The Blanton's Gold Edition review
Company: Buffalo Trace
Age: No Age Statement
Extra Note: The whiskey in this bottle was dumped on 13th January 2014 from barrel No. 222. Stored in warehouse H on rick No. 52. The bottle number is 221
Classification: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Breakdown: Buffalo Trace Mash-bill No.2 (Rye between 12-15%)
Price: c. £70
In 1984 Blanton's became the first ever commercially sold single barrel bourbon. For the complete story, if you're interested and want to know more, please visit their website https://goo.gl/M9fBFr
Blanton's is named after one of the distilleries early pioneers Albert B Blanton. It is thought that he worked there for 55 years. Starting as office boy and finishing his career as president of the whiskey plant (so just a slight promotion then). He was affectionately known as Colonel Blanton as he held the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel.
This review is for Blanton’s Gold Edition which is one of four different expressions in the range. The Original Single Barrel is the most recognised and widely available Blanton’s. The Gold Edition, alongside Special Reserve (green label and promoted as the introductory edition), and Straight From The Barrel, are only available outside of the US and in duty free organisations.
The bottle shape is very unusual and almost looks like a hand grenade. The stoppers in the Single Barrel bottles form a set of 8. Each one features a horse and jockey in different poses, and each stopper also depicts a different letter so that once all are collected you can spell out 'BLANTONS' or 'BLASTNON' if you're dyslexic like Mav.
For this review we drank it neat in a Glencairn glass
What we got – Fruit, apple, raisins and sultanas, sweetness and spice. If a smell could ever depict or suggest how delicious a taste could be, then this would be it (Mr Pie)
What they say we should get - Oaky, dry. Plenty of fruit mostly dried. Chewy peels, floral. Spicy
What we got – Strength of the alcohol hits you straight away, fruit nose carries on to the taste and as per usual the spice. With water not as harsh (we know that is obvious), softens the peppery taste
What they say we should get - Complex, enjoyable top notes, chewy oak. Dark stone fruits, deep spices, peppy and rich
What we got – Full bodied, medium to long finish with no burn in the throat
What they say we should get - Long, toffee, drying
This is the first review which has really split the Gents from a scoring perspective, although it's fair to say that both Gents love the quirky bottle shape and horse and jockey stopper! It is also different that for once those living outside of the US have a chance to sample something that our American cousins find a little harder to get hold of.
We both agree that it's an above average bourbon but, as you can see from the scores below, Mr Pie is more of a fan than Mav (probably because of the relatively high percentage of rye for the second grain).
This is definitely a 'horses for courses' (forgive the pun) bourbon. If you love spice and pepper on the palate then Mr Pie would say it's certainly worth the hefty price tag as this is one of the best around. However, if like Mav, you favour bourbon with more toffee and caramel hints then this is nothing special and you would be better off taking your money elsewhere.
6 out of 10 - Mav
9 out of 10 – Mr. Pie