Okay, maybe they could be if they kept it in the same tank over the years, so the batch would be exposed to more and more air each year as bottles were filled and the liquid level went down. I'm not taking a stance on the accuracy of their label, but my own taste tells me that the various pours I had have experienced pretty different conditions.
A quick search brought up this thread; http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...ad.php?t=12017
It appears that they used discrete batch numbers for several years but it's been the same batch number since '03. So either they a)quit using real batch nos., or b) made one huge batch.
Unless anyone has seen a more recent batch number?
/my OGD 114 says Lot #1, too, for what it's worth
Well, at the risk of starting another flame out, but in trying to get this thread back on track to the original question, another higher proof (which they call "near" Barrel Strength) is the Knob Creek Single Barrel.
I know this is one that is not very highly regarded... but it is one of very few High Proof bourbons I would even consider drinking neat.
Blanton's sells 'Straight From The Barrel Bourbon' overseas/duty free shops only. I had a nice pour of it last night. (Dumped 8/26/09, 131.9 proof) Great stuff in my opinion, and I cut it very only just a little.
I saw an interview recently ... (can't seem to find it now to link ... whiskey blog out of Louisville I think) .. but they said they started producing the barrel/cask strength in 2004? because they were asked by the French. Also mentioned something about the burden of some countries' tax systems being reduced somehow by producing different proofs for export...but maybe that was the 80 proof green label. They also held out some promise of one day selling it domestically.
Found the link:
... have to watch it again to compare what is said to what I wrote from a two-day memory, ... figure my geezer quotient that way.
Discussion of the Straight From The Barrel juice starts at about minute 7:30
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