American Whisky Review #20: Blanton’s Single Barrel
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Price: Sample courtesy of /u/pwnedapanda
ABV: 46.5% Cask Strength
Barrel Details: Barrel Number 1671, dumped on 2.28.2018
Color: 1.4, Tawny.
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Nose: (according to the wife) Lots of freshly cut wood and acetone along with a bit of cherry.
Palate: Very thin mouthfeel, it goes down incredibly easily though. There’s a nice big helping of rye spice with cloves and other baking spices at the forefront along with a bit of cherry. The main note though is fresh oak and tannins. There’s the tiniest hint of corn mash towards the end.
Finish: Rather short. More of those fresh oak and tannins notes pop up briefly.
Conclusion: I’ve had Blanton’s a few times in bars and restaurants but I’ve not had a chance to sit down and actually think through what I’m drinking. It’s an incredibly easy to drink dram, it goes down very smoothly and I can see why so many people go crazy over this. However, that might just about be the only redeeming point in this for me. The nose has a rather unpleasant acetone note. The palate is so wood forward that I felt like I was chewing on wood. The finish is more of the same. Decent, but far from great. Would I buy a bottle? Unlikely.
Final Score: 74.
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American Whisky review #20, Bourbon Whiskey Review #17, Whisky Network Review #174
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.