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After a long wait, it appears that I am going to get my bottle of Blanton's this weekend, and a bottle of Rock Hill Farms will be delivered to my state liquor store next Thursday.
Sorry, but I need to share my excitement with someone, and very few of my friends drink bourbon. Even fewer know what Blanton's or RHF are. Since I have never tried either one of these, I'm extremely excited!
Does anyone have any hints on the best way to drink these two bottlings? I typically drink my whiskey neat, but I've had folks tell me that some bourbons actually have more flavor on-the-rocks.
I find it hard to go wrong with either of these. I prefer them neat, but sometimes on the rocks works just fine.
There are a few favorites though, that I prefer on the rocks, EC 12 year being a good example.
And such bourbons deserve the right glassware -- whisk(e)y glasses or brandy snifter. It really does make a difference.
Both Blanton's and RHF are fine neat. I'm also a big believer in dilution with a little room temperature water. On the rocks, while enjoyable and refreshing, is not really that good for tasting.
I'll put ice in a highball, but I don't do whiskey on the rocks. I've tried it on several occasions, and I find that the perfect balance of whiskey and water is maintained for about 15 seconds, after which it becomes too diluted. I will sometimes cut with tap water, however. I think it's a good idea especially when tasting a new whiskey, because it will open up the flavor more readily for inspection. I read somewhere that Sc*tch connoisseurs do this, so I adopted the practice, and found it helpful. I've found that whiskey rarely suffers from a splash of water, but often benefits. I also use a small snifter that I bought for $1.79 at Fred Meyer, and I find that it contributes significantly to the overall bourbon experience. Even mediocre whiskey is better in a snifter. And besides that, I like having a legitimate excuse to carry such a cool thing around.
I like neat under 100 or so proof, with some 'branch' (or the closest you can come) whenever proof is higher. Sometimes just a few drops will do.
As noted above, steer clear of ice -- the constant melting ice changes the dilution (and, of course, the flavor) too much over the course of sipping.
I've found Blantons Original is great neat, but must confess, have not tried it cut with a little water.
Cam, is that going by the little miniatures you brought back from O/S, or have you ordered one from Nicks?
Did they have the Blanton's Original 94proof for sale after all or just the special reserve?
I'd be terrified to open it if/when I buy it.
What's the difference between RHF and Blanton's? Are they the same formula/mashbill? Is there any specific age for either?
What is everyone's preference. The Blanton's seems universally loved. And there's a lot of respect for RHF, apart from an earlier post by Marvin.
I prefer both of those uncut. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif
I love Blanton's but I love RHF even more.
Blanton's is a more subtle experience, RHF is bolder.
...RHF is bolder.
Indeed it is, and for that reason it has been my favorite of the two -- in fact, my favorite bar none.
However, after a fairly steady diet of wheaters and Buffalo Trace lately, I tried RHF again night before last, and it was just too intense for me to enjoy.
I suppose I should go into my personal profile and update my "Favorite Bottling" entry, but I can't bring myself to do so without at least one more trial.
Well there is a family resemblance but subtle differences. Being Single barrel expressions there will be some variation even within the brands.
I find Blantons to have more wood and something somewhat floral in the nose along with a lighter body and a slightly drier flavor.
Rock Hill has more richness, body, flavor and a Maple-caramel nose with sweetness and roundness comming through on the flavor and aftertaste.
Both are fine but I believe Blantons is targeted for a different audience, prehaps one whose members occasionally sample a dram from some other Country?
Left off tasting proceedures. I always dilute whith soft filtered water when tasting. About 20% seems to work best for me.
When pouring a drink I always mix the whiskey with ice and water. I enjoy the subtle shades of flavor changes as the ice melts.
Bingo! I agree that Rock Hill Farms has more of a maple-caramel flavor than Blanton's. Both bourbons are just about the same age, but Blanton's comes from Warehouse H (a metalclad warehouse). I believe this bourbon is simply not as sweet as some of the product from other warehouses.
Not that anyone probably cares, but for some reason the Blanton's never materialized. I did get the RHF, and am waiting for a special occasion (or a good excuse) to open it. I'm still fighting with the LCB here in VT trying to get a bottle of Blanton's.
Thanks for all the responses, and for all the advice that folks have given me here!
Sorry for all the trouble getting the Blanton's. I have sent your note to my East Coast Division Manager and am trying to get him to help out.
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