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Bottling NameBlanton's Barrel Proof
Bottled ByAncient Age Distilling Co. Frankfort,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content132.7 Proof
Availability US: Not Available Japan: No Longer Available Duty Free: Not Available Europe: No Longer Available
Mashbill InfoBT high rye
Views (since 20080612) 13794
Bottling InfoThis bottle was a limited Blanton's single barrel barrel proof that was dumped sometime around September 2002. It seems now that they are regularly bottling barrel proof versions for outside of the U.S.

Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1211, Created:20080729183322) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Japan
Purchased for:$55 - plus shipping....
Info on this bottle:Dumped 1/30/05, barrel 157, Warehouse H, Rick 25
Nose:Alc up front like a punch in the nose. Little less than the one I had in teh UK, but still some breathing is needed. There is a heavy "dbase" or earth tone in teh nose that then moves to cinimon and vanill and gets richer by the minut.
Taste:Light but that rages to full burn... lots of rye and floral... surprised by the flora and then some vanilla....
Finish:Alc then oak and vanilla, rye and more alc. I think this really has to sit for a while to let teh alc burn off a little more ....
Overall:THis is not a passive bourbon. THis is a strap yourself in or it will kick you out of your chair. I have a higher proof version at my house that I am looking forward to trying... but not anytime soon...

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1091, Created:20080528111546)
Purchased at:salt whiskey - London
Purchased for:d pounds
Nose:Burn you nose strong alcohol. This is almost as hot as bookers. There is a very buttery nose as the alcohol burns off a little .. Like fresh caramel made with butter
Taste:Butter and hot. Lots of both
Finish:Finishes hot, but in the mid palate, the buttery caramel comes up very nice.
Overall:Fun bourbon, much better than bookers to me. I think with 3-4 ounces and 30 min to sit, this would be very nice.

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 87)
Purchased at:Ontario Liquor Control Board, February, 2005
Purchased for:$89 (CAN)
Info on this bottle:Dumped June 21, 2004 from Warehouse H, Rick 16, Barrel No. 263
Proof Of this Bottle:132.9
Nose:Light and pleasant, airy, not heavy, faint brown sugar
Taste:Dry, soft, balanced, light oak and corn sweetness, something dry and austere in the background (the rye, but not heavy), hardly (in this sample) any alcohol burn even when sipped at the barrel proof. Somewhat scotch-like. It lacks the rich sweetness of stablemate Rock Hill Farms or the more aged Elmer T. Lee but is clearly going for a different palate, more elegant, urbane. Kind of reminds me of the fine scotch vattings of Compass Box Whiskies in London, not in taste but in ... overall impression. This is a Champagne of scotch, the most elegant I know. It must of course be cut with water but don't take it down too low else it will be too light, about 95-100 proof is good (in my opinion). And (as always with such strong liquor) drink sparingly, a little goes a long way.
Finish:Oak, corn, light rye, refined sweetness, very well-integrated. Very drinkable and has that hard-to-describe Blanton after-taste.
Overall:I'd give at an 8.5 or 9 out of 10 - a winner by any definition. Is it worth the extra money? Hard to say, it depends what you are looking for. This is a bourbon with finesse and few others equal it in that regard. But if you are looking for a big bruiser (like Stagg), this is different. It is also different to the commercial norm I usually buy. It is very good but I wouldn't buy it (cost considerations apart) regularly because I like a sweeter taste, generally, also, I like fruity notes in Bourbon and this one doesn't have that. Elmer Lee (the emeritus distiller) once told me he does not believe that is a typical accent in Bourbon - fair enough. What makes this great in its ways is there are no off-accents. Elmer T. Lee, in contrast, has a slight gamy note buried in the lignin sugar. The Blanton has none - it is pure class all the way. The smoke flavor off the frame after the glass is finished is (almost) worth the price of admission, it is a lovely soft smoky taste, again, almost Scottish in its implications. :)

These whiskeys are carefully selected, if Buffalo Trace doesn't know its stuff, no one does.

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