Blanton's was the first ever Single Barrel Bourbon in the world, and it set the standards for others to follow. This fantastic product was named after the late Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton (1881-1959), who managed the largest distillery of its day. It was during that time that he created a very special and limited supply of bourbon, which he hand-picked and stored in what now is known as the famous Warehouse H. Blanton's Original Single Barrel Bourbon is aged in one new American oak barrel for at least 8 years, unlike most others, never blended with any other bourbon.
When a barrel is believed to have reached its optimum age, it is evaluated by the Master Distiller and a panel of professional tasters. There is no margin for error, because there is no way to compensate for flavour by mixing with any other liquid. The barrels that have been chosen are then dumped, bottled and packaged by hand. From the beginning to end, making Blanton's is a labour intensive process. Blanton's is made by using the finest Kentucky and Indiana corn, selected rye, and superior malted barley. Grains must be carefully milled (crushed) to exactly the right specifications. The milled corn is added to the pressure cooker with Kentucky limestone water. When the corn and the lime stone water reach the right temperature, it is time to add the rye and the barley malt, which breaks down starch into sugar.Yeast is added after the mash has cooled. Blanton's, at this point, undergoes a natural fermentation lasting from three to five days and becomes beer.
Colour: amber with coppered reflections.
Nose: acidulated, marked by honey, candied fruits (apricot) and spices (pepper, nutmeg).
Palate: full, fatty, rich. Expressing the softness of corn, vanilla, and citrus fruits (lemon-yellow).
Finish: impressive length on wooded-vanilla and rglisses notes. Crystallized apricot, mirabelle plum.
Country: USA / Alc. 65.8 % /Vol. 0.7