Buffalo Trace Distillery USA

Blanton’s Original Single Barrel

Review of the first ever single cask Bourbon, a legend in the USA.

Provenance: Kentucky (USA)
Typology: Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Gradation: 46.5%ABV
Ageing barrel: Charred American Oak
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Sazerac Company (Age International Inc.)
Average price: € 75.00
Official website: www.blantonsbourbon.com
Vote: 81/100

“The world’s first single cask Bourbon” is the slogan for the launch of this whiskey, named after Colonel Albert Blanton, who headed Buffalo Trace for several years in the first half of the last century.
It was the colonel’s tradition to choose the best casks from the central area of Warehouse H (a metal warehouse for storing casks, which allowed them to age more quickly) from which to make a high-class whiskey to give to diplomats and dignitaries.
It was with the idea of a special, limited edition Bourbon that Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee decided to launch his first whiskey in 1984. Lee decided, in 1984, to release the world’s first single barrel Bourbon, which still enjoys a certain reputation among overseas enthusiasts.

The particular cap that closes the bottle represents a racehorse with a jockey, and there are eight versions, each with a different pose. Since 1999, letters have been added near the horse’s hind leg, always different depending on the pose, which put together make up the word BLANTONS (the two N’s are slightly different from each other). The corks are produced in equal quantities and distributed randomly: if you manage to collect all eight, you can send them to Buffalo Trace who will send them back to you, free of charge, mounted on an original stave of their barrels.
If you want to learn more about the ‘myth’, take a trip to this site dedicated entirely to Blanton’s and all its expressions.
The one in my hands is the basic version, originally released in 1984, which was followed by others including Gold Edition, Straight From The Barrel and Special Reserve. It’s made with 75% corn, 15% rye and 10% malted barley, with an assumed age of around nine years.

Amber in the glass.
Spicy and syrupy on the nose, it reveals a not particularly intense body of nutmeg, cinnamon, mustard and citric notes. There’s also a hint of balsamic with a slight gust of smoke. On the length, a hint of disinfectant. Curious.
Caramel and vanilla enter the mouth, with spicy streaks of nutmeg and a touch of paprika, maple syrup, dried apricots, mineral and slightly savoury notes. Rather dry and static, with a light body.
Medium length finish, dry with balsamic and woody touches, dried apricots, with a hint of bitterness.

Honestly, I expected a more consistent and assertive whiskey, the flavours are interesting but not very incisive, it all flows too quickly with the impression of a spirit that has been prevented from going further.

Other perspectives:
The Whiskey Wash

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