Review: Blanton’s Original Single Barrel – Barrel 97

Category: Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Origin: Buffalo Trace Distillery

Bottling: Blanton’s Barrel 97

ABV: 46.5% ABV

Cost: £60 for 70cl

Score: 89/100

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What they say:

Blanton’s Original Single Barrel bourbon is a favourite of many, and it’s not hard to see why. Fantastic notes of vanilla, warm caramel, chocolate and orange, who wouldn’t love to be served up a glass of this with a couple ice cubes? This bottling uses whisky from barrel 97.

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What I say:

Spotted in the Filling Station in Edinburgh this bourbon from Blanton’s comes in a characteristic bottle with a horse and rider stopper presumably linked to the Kentuck Derby race? I subsequently learned that there are seven different shapes of horse and rider with some much rarer than others. At the base of each is a letter and the whole set together spells out Blantons. Purchased as a gift for Richard and Carrie who are both lovers of whisky and horses so this seemed like the perfect compromise.

Colour:

Dark orange amber

Nose:

Dates, fruity and spicy, lemon sherbet and orange cream candies, vanilla, caramel and sugar

Taste:

Light vanilla cream, chocolate, toffee, almond paste/marzipan, nutella (hazelnut spread with cocoa), dates and other fruity flavours

Finish:

Long, drying, caramel, figs, dates and toffee oak persist

Overall:

A delicious example of single barrel bourbon – far removed from the wood-polished oak of more standard bourbon expressions. This one is full of chocolate, nut and vanilla flavours that were just sublime. A gentle/creamy orange fruitiness (not citric/acidic) accompanied this and added depth and interest.