Monday, June 13, 2016

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel Bourbon

As mentioned in the last post, there are bourbons available in Japan which are not easy to get in the U.S. Of all of them, Blanton's Straight From The Barrel is the one Americans are missing out on the most. For $65 US a bottle, you get Blanton's quality at around 65% a.b.v. If there's a better barrel-proof bourbon, I haven't tried it yet.

Facts

  • 128.8 proof - 64.4% a.b.v.
  • For Japan and European Market
  • Single Barrel


Appearance:
Reddish-brown, similar in color to Aberlour A'bunadh

Nose:
Dark fruits, lavender, hickory, oak, tobacco and a hint of chocolate

Palate:
Immediate delivery, spicy and intense, enveloping sweetness, cinnamon, butter and oak

Finish:
Long and hot, smoky chocolate, dried fruits

Overall: Not very complex, but full-bodied and delicious. An excellent-quality barrel-proof bourbon. A definite cut above Booker's Bourbon. If you can get your hands on this in the United States for under $80, it's definitely worth purchasing.

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