Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey has the honor of being named the first Single Barrel Bourbon. Albert B. Blanton was made company president of what is now Buffalo Trace Distillery in 1921 until he retired just over 30 years later, and during this period Colonel Blanton created his special limited supply of bourbon. His private reserve was hand picked and stored in the center of what is known as the famous warehouse H. When Buffalo Trace’s Elmer T. Lee invented the idea of Single Barrel Bourbon, he chose to us Blanton’s practices by using only the barrels aged in the center of Warehouse H and named the brand after Blanton. Colonel Blanton’s legacy lives on to this day through the first ever Single Barrel Bourbon to be sold commercially.
Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon is the standard product from the Blanton’s Bourbon line. Although the label doesn’t have an age statement, it is said that Blanton’s is aged for about eight years. Each bottle lists the date the bourbon was dumped from the barrel, which barrel it was dumped from, and which Rick number the barrel was stored on inside of Warehouse H.
The color is deep golden amber and the mash bill used is known as mash bill #2, which is the higher rye mash bill used at Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Distiller: Buffalo Trace Distillery
ABV: 46.5% (93 proof)
Sweet baking spices and vanilla fill your nose, expect fresh citrus, caramel, and some oak.
Lots of Caramel and honey notes coat the tongue with a touch of vanilla, some spice shows up and blends perfectly with the initial sweetness, and a little citrus on the back end with a soft touch of oak.
The finish is short to medium in length, a sweet taste of caramel corn lingers, dry vanilla and some citrus that fades fairly quick.
Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon is a fair value but a little steep on the average price of $55. There are a lot of really good bourbon whiskies at this price point that can compare equally with Blanton’s Single Barrel. Single Barrel offerings are usually higher in price, especially in the current whiskey era where people actively search out single barrel whiskey. Even though the price may be a little steep, Blanton’s Single barrel is always a delicious pour and has quality that is well deserved.