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    BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    Who'da thunk it? I'm early for a change. Surprise, surprise!

    I decided to go with Blanton's this month for a few of reasons. One, it hasn't been BOTM in a while. Two, my brother/family presented me a bottle for my birthday. Three, I recently had the chance to sample some Blanton's at a tasting. FWIW, the tasting I mention, is a "guys" weekly spirits/cigars/hors d'oeuvres affair, hosted by a place near where I live. I haven't had Blanton's in a while, and sadly, I forgot how good it was. The samples I had a couple of weeks ago actually prompted me to open my birthday bottle. Darned good. As a side note here, Paul brought a bottle of Blanton's more than once to share at the gazebo for the Sampler and KBF. The bottles he brought were great. The samples I had, and the bottle I opened are just as good.

    Rather than bore y'all with any more of my ramblings about Blanton's, I thought I'd use Jeff's post from when Blanton's was the BOTM back in July of 07. Here ya' go. Have fun, and happy posting.

    Cheers! Joe

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    Any member of Straightbourbon.com who has been enjoying the fruits of bourbon whiskey for any amount of time has surely noticed a shift in product selection on the shelf of your favorite liquor store. Where once the selection consisted primarily of "house brands", Jim Beam, Ancient Age, Wild Turkey, etc., now, from these same distilleries, we are offered a plethora of fine single-barrel and small-batch bottlings. Higher quality products, with higher prices to boot. Many credit Jim Beam with starting this frenzy, with the release of the Small Batch collection. But let's look a little further back to the advent of the first single barrel bourbon on the market, and this month's BOTM, Blanton's.

    Created by Elmer T. Lee in honor of Col. Albert Blanton, Blanton's is true bourbon royalty. Well-balanced and full-flavored, the bourbon is quite deserving of it's elaborate packaging. Another, or rather the first, fine offering from the great folks at Buffalo Trace. Let's share a drink of Blanton's, the bourbon that started it all.

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    Re: BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    Joe, I'm pissed that you're early....

    The older I get, and the more bourbons I try, the more appreciation I have gained for this whiskey. Truly, an elegant pour. Beautiful nose, with a silkiness over the palate that separates it from most others. I'm not ashamed to admit that I also love the packaging. And yes, I'll pay extra for it, particularly when I feel the whiskey inside is worthy of it. To my tastes, Blanton's does that. Being the same mash bill as ETL, and knowing that I adore ETL, I would still take an offer of Blanton's over it every time. Interestingly, I probably wouldn't have said this a couple of years back. But, the more time that I have spent contemplating it, the more I embrace its greatness. If I were asked to provide a couple of examples of the best that American whiskey has to offer, Blanton's would make that list.
    Last edited by smokinjoe; 07-30-2014 at 21:53.
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    Re: BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    One of the first premium bottles I bought when new to bourbon. Not going to lie, the packaging drove the purchase, but the smooth balanced taste and finish made me happy I took the risk.

    Haven't purchased a bottle in probably a year, the few times I had the itch for it a lack of stock prevented me.

    When I describe what bourbon tastes like to someone new, ETL and Blanton's taste profile are what I tend to describe.

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    Re: BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    The finest that warehouse H has to offer! When Blanton's first hit the market, I really felt that we were being asked to pay the premium price for the "package". The product was good, but at the time, so were many others for much less $.

    As the years have passed, we have witnessed many high dollar "Johnny come latelys" flood the market. Sadly, more more often than not, they are less than stellar products, all dolled up in pretty packages, with no real pedigree other than self professed smoke and mirror BS.

    My feelings have evolved over time and I now feel that Blanton's has stood the test of time and deserves its high regard. You know what you are getting and where it comes from every time! A fine pour, from a fine house, at what is now a fair price in todays market.

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    Re: BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    Damnit! 4-5 months ago, I had concluded that while nice, this bourbon wasn't interesting enough to warrant the price. Now it's BOTM. I'm still a newb, working my way through all the different house styles and their variants. Is it possible I came to a conclusion to quickly on this one? You're going to make go out and buy another bottle, aren't you?
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    Re: BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    I am a big fan of both the Single Barrel Special Reserve and the Original Private Reserve. For what you get in the bottle, I think its really good value for money, and that's coming from an Australian! Its one of those pours that I find myself reaching for if I am not sure what mood I am in as it pretty much always hits the spot. I also usually try and steer some friends towards it as pretty good gateway bourbon away from Beam/Turkey & Coke and something into a genuine sipper.

    I have also tried the Gold Edition, but do not own a bottle, and from what I remember of the tasting, I think I do prefer the Original Private over it anyway. And I am looking forward to getting some Barrel Proof if I can find it in Japan in a few months.

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    Re: BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    Quote Originally Posted by flahute View Post
    Damnit! 4-5 months ago, I had concluded that while nice, this bourbon wasn't interesting enough to warrant the price. Now it's BOTM. I'm still a newb, working my way through all the different house styles and their variants. Is it possible I came to a conclusion to quickly on this one? You're going to make go out and buy another bottle, aren't you?
    Well, Blanton's creates a bit of a quandary for some. At $50, while it isn't ridiculously expensive, it also ain't cheap. Then, just within the BT family, you've got BT which is quite good at $25, and ER10 and ETL that are quite good at $30. There's also plenty of competition at $50 or less from the other producers, HH, FR, etc. Blanton's doesn't offer up tremendous age or proof.

    But all that said, IMHO Blanton's is a very solid bourbon that is somewhat worth the premium price, smooth and flavorful, and certainly a standby that one should be proud to offer at their home. I may just get up off my behind and pick up another bottle or two of a store selected barrel that I enjoy, but never bought backups.

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    Re: BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    Blanton's was my first premium pour in 2001. I call it "The Mothership". I may go elsewhere, and I have. I always return. I just wish it were more available.
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    Re: BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    I like all the BT mash bill #2 brands: Ancient Age, Elmer, Blanton's, Rock Hill. I used to think Blanton's was just a little pricey. On the other hand, it remains relatively available, and the price has stayed about the same. I sure wouldn't turn down a pour. I wouldn't mind trying the export only versions either.

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    Re: BOTM 8/14: Blanton's

    I enjoy blantons. It's my go to of the 2nd BT mash bill bourbons, mainly because it's the only one almost always available. I don't but it often, but usually enjoy it when I do.

 

 

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