Blanton’s calls itself “The Original Single Barrel Bourbon”. According to their description on their website the explanation is: The finest bourbon in the world comes from a single barrel. That’s the way Colonel Albert B. Blanton first bottled his private reserve bourbon nearly a century ago. Blanton believed the “center-cut” or middle sections of Warehouse H were the best for aging his bourbon. Personally tasting and choosing each barrel, these barrels were reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family and friends becoming the world’s first single barrel bourbon. His time honored tradition lives on today as only a handful of barrels from the center of Warehouse H are selected to become Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon.
I am all for single barrel bourbons and whiskies. And while Blanton’s is known as a really good, solid bourbon, it is not my favorite. That is NOT to say its bad, not by any means, it is just not one that I would seek out to buy every last bottle off the shelf. At $50 per bottle, I find there are others for far less that taste much better. I understand that you are not always paying the most money for the best product, but you are paying for the price to produce that product regardless of the quality. The quality is there, but because it is a single barrel, its harder to produce and less of it. I get that, so should you. So try it first if you can, many places that sell it have tastings on weekends, if not, try it in your favorite bar first. If you like it, buy a bottle of it. I’ve had 2-3 bottle and I know they vary from year to year. Its good, but its simply not one of my favorite must-have bourbons. Regardless of my opinion, its still a must try if you are a bourbon fan.
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