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
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.
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.
Dark orange amber
Dates, fruity and spicy, lemon sherbet and orange cream candies, vanilla, caramel and sugar
Light vanilla cream, chocolate, toffee, almond paste/marzipan, nutella (hazelnut spread with cocoa), dates and other fruity flavours
Long, drying, caramel, figs, dates and toffee oak persist
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.