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jsgorman
06-18-2006, 11:30
I was wondering if anybody knows the particulars that separate the Blantons Gold from the Silver and the Regular Bottling. I understand there are some proof differences and the bottle tag talks about barrel placement, but it seems that a whole bunch has to be taken at faith to warrant such a price difference.

I do really enjoy Blantons Gold, but its always kinda bothered me that I don't know as much about it as most of my other pours...

Barrel_Proof
06-18-2006, 13:25
Sorry to burst any bubbles, but Blanton's is Blanton's is Blanton's.

The only difference between the various bottlings bearing the mark is the proof. BT stores barrels destined to become Blanton's in Warehouse H, but without any distinction among Green, Black, Standard Ecru Label, Silver, Gold, or Straight from the Barrel bottlings.

The best Blanton's buy on the planet is on St. Maarten, where Silver (98 proof) costs $20 to $22 a bottle.

Str8RYE
06-18-2006, 14:26
The best Blanton's buy on the planet is on St. Maarten, where Silver (98 proof) costs $20 to $22 a bottle.
Minus the Price of the plane or cruise ticket:slappin:

BSS
06-18-2006, 18:44
Gold is 103 proof
Silver is 98
Regular is 93
Green is 80
Black is 80
My SFTB is 131.9
Red is 80

OneCubeOnly
06-19-2006, 05:44
Sorry to burst any bubbles, but Blanton's is Blanton's is Blanton's.

Cliff--are you sure there isn't any difference!? I always assumed the 'honey barrels' went into the export-only packages!?

(Although I must confess, the 80 proof Green simply tastes like a Blanton's & water!)

doubleblank
06-19-2006, 09:00
I'll confirm what Cliff said. The barrels are picked as "Blanton's" and bottled at whatever proof they are bottling that day. Several BT staff have said this to us during our visits, barrel purchases, etc.

Randy

Barrel_Proof
06-19-2006, 09:19
Cliff--are you sure there isn't any difference!? I always assumed the 'honey barrels' went into the export-only packages!?

Sorry, Gary, but there are no distinctions among the barrels. In BT's view, every barrel designated for the Blanton's program is a honey barrel in the making!

Gillman
06-19-2006, 10:25
I'd enter one caveat only, which is, for those in the range bottled from one barrel - I know the barrel-strength one is, I don't remember if the Gold is too (but just dropped to 100 proof). I've had a number of the barrel-strength ones and they can vary from the profile of the others which (I assume) are the result of mingling different barrels. That said, Blanton all tastes like Blanton, but the single barrels were a separate thing in my mind and reminded me of the difference between Buffalo Trace and Buffalo Trace that is from one barrel.

Gary

Hedmans Brorsa
06-19-2006, 12:53
for those in the range bottled from one barrel
Gary

Arenīt all Blantonīs bottlings single barrels? Then again, I have never seen that red fellow so I canīt comment on it.

FYI : the possibly best bourbon Iīve ever had was a bottle of Blantonīs Gold, 103 proof, dumped on 12-06-02, barrel No. 33, Warehouse H, Rick No. 6.

Simply glorious.

Gillman
06-19-2006, 13:22
I didn't think they were all single barrels Lenart, but am told on good authority they are.

Gary

Gillman
06-19-2006, 13:43
I checked the site and evidently they are all single barrel. It is interesting to note though that the Blanton's site in respect of e.g., the Silver, notes it is bottled at higher alcohol content, and then states it is superior in aroma and taste and is bottled specially for the export market. Also, what I now realise I meant in respect of the barrel-strength version is it is unfiltered. Even cut those bottles (4 or 5 last year I bought in Ontario) seemed somewhat different from Original and the Gold. Anyway while I am curious like anyone about these fine points there is no question all Blanton has a commonality.

I'd guess, in light of all I've read, that when Blanton refers to its Silver as superior it is referring to the effect of less dilution, not better barrels.

Gary

Hedmans Brorsa
06-19-2006, 13:54
Reading BSSīs list carefully I notice a 'Black' that Iīm also unfamiliar with.

Now, if proof is all that matters here, then what is the difference between Green, Black and Red? :confused:

BSS
06-19-2006, 14:23
There is also an Asian version of the regular that has a label that is a little lighter than the American version. But with the same proof. I think the only difference is where its going. Different colors for different destinations. I know the Black is for Japan.

I have pictures of my Blanton's bottles in this thread
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3213&page=11&highlight=stash

jsgorman
07-05-2006, 17:34
In my investigation into Blantons I found out a bit more. First, Blantons 'barrels' come from Ancient Age casks -- and are closer to the 7YO than the 10yr AAA. Second, confirmation that all the differences in Blantons are proof.

DrinkyBanjo
07-06-2006, 06:01
I've also seen different Blanton's stoppers around here. One when the horse is galloping and the other when it seems to be walking.

Anyone else notice this?

jeff
07-06-2006, 06:19
Tim,

Also notice that below the horse on each of those stoppers is a letter. There are eight different letters that spell "Blanton's." If you put them in order you will notice the full stride of a horse as if racing.

smokinjoe
07-06-2006, 07:17
Tim,

Also notice that below the horse on each of those stoppers is a letter. There are eight different letters that spell "Blanton's." If you put them in order you will notice the full stride of a horse as if racing.
How cool is that! As Johnny Carson used to say..." I..I..I..did not know that.." Of course, how many of us went charging to our bunkers to see what letter(s) we have. Let's see, I have a B and an N. Great, my wife is going to be so happy to learn I now have to spend another $300 to try and spell BLANTON'S. I can hear her now. "you dip#$%!" The good folks at BT look more brilliant every day.

Cheers!

JOE

TNbourbon
07-06-2006, 10:23
...Let's see, I have a B and an N. Great, my wife is going to be so happy to learn I now have to spend another $300 to try and spell BLANTON'S...

Joe, if you happen to visit Buffalo Trace, you can buy the stoppers you need in the gift shop. I'm not sure of the price, but certainly less than a bottle of Blanton's. Or, you can buy the whole set, mounted on a barrel slat!

smokinjoe
07-06-2006, 11:31
Joe, if you happen to visit Buffalo Trace, you can buy the stoppers you need in the gift shop. I'm not sure of the price, but certainly less than a bottle of Blanton's. Or, you can buy the whole set, mounted on a barrel slat!
Thanks for the tip Tim, but I was only kidding on my desire to do the entire Blanton's line-up. But, I'm liable to get there eventually, because I do like it, and will continue to buy it!! I'll just be selective on the bottles I pick out!

Cheers!

JOE