Blanton's Original Single Barrel Bourbon

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I first discovered Blanton's Original Single Barrel while on a family vacation in North Carolina. I told the shopkeeper that I was looking for a good quality sippin' Bourbon of a similar pedigree to that of Old Rip Van Winkle. Without blinking, he turned to the shelf, picked up a bottle of Blanton's and said, "This is what you're looking for. Smooth like Ol' Pappy, I drink it neat." 

Turning the bottle over in my hands, I was intrigued by both the design and the uniqueness of the spirit contained within. According to my bottle's label: "This Bourbon whiskey was dumped on November 16, 2009 from Barrel No.6 , Stored in Warehouse "H" on Rick No. 56." I pondered the words and thought,"how many other bottles from this barrel are still around?" I searched for an age statement and discovered that it's not blended with other spirits or Bourbons in the distillery and, that due to the variable nature of each maturation process, there's no "standard" age statement. 

Basically when it's ready, it's ready. 

"Well," I said, "the price is right and this does look interesting....I'll take it!"

8Blantonstoppers.jpgIn case you need any more incentive to buy a bottle, there are 8 different variations of the horse and jockey figure on the bottle stopper. 

Nose: At the break, sweet inviting aromas of toffee, vanilla, baking spices, cherry wood and citrus.

Palate: Smooth with a wonderful balance of salt and sweet flavours. Sweet cherry, roasted nuts and toffee peppered with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. A salted chocolate undertone coats the palate and ties all the flavours together, ushering in the finish.

Finish: Deliciously smooth and long. The sweetness rides all the way to the end with a gentle spiciness kept well in hand. Mouth coating honey, cocoa and bright cherry go on and on... 

Overall: You'd be "in the money" should you choose the Single Barrel; it's a lock. 
While it's not overly complex, I wouldn't say there are blinkers on the flavour either. The mash bill contains a mix of rye, corn and malted barley which combine to form a delicious, after dinner sippin' Bourbon. At 46.5% ABV, it's quite smooth and can be enjoyed neat or with a splash of water. Over the past year it's been my go-to bottle when watching election night coverage and, while I can't say it's been a lucky charm, it can certainly help take the sting out of the losses.

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