Lexington Bourbon Society Advent Calendar - Day 15
In tonight’s advent we deviate from the samples we have tried so far and move to something harder to find these days. How about a Blanton’s Private Barrel selection from the North Carolina ABC stores? Yes please.
Source: Sazerac for Ancient Age International
Distillery: Buffalo Trace- Frankfort, KY
Proof: 93 proof
Mash: Undisclosed, but rumored as a higher rye secondary mash bill and at least 51% corn.
Tasting Environment: Poured "neat" into a rocks glass. Tasted indoors at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Appearance: Medium Amber.
Nose: Vanilla, very faint spearmint, salt water taffy
Palate: Sweet, caramel, mellow corn
Finish: Very light, soft pepper, buttery sweetness and mouthfeel
Overall: Blanton’s is generally a smooth poor. It was 1984, and bourbon wasn’t sexy just yet. The era of clear spirits. And here came a marketing campaign that changed bourbon forever. The finest whiskey comes from a single barrel... And you know what? I agree! Single barrels rock. They are like snowflakes. Every single one is different. This pick is tasty but not super complex. Nonetheless it’s got a great profile. Throw on a Journey album and think back to Christmas 1984 (if you were around). I bet you might have some good memories that surface! Or you can start by trying that combination out tonight. As they say there is no time like the present. So for this one, I’d rate it at 6 out of 9 reindeer. Keep on believing!
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