I was visiting the Blantons Website and noticed that on the barrel between and below the "bourbon" and "tradition" barrels it says "Blanton's is distilled in new oak barrels, which are never re-used"...I wasn't aware that anyone was still using wooded stills...
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I'm just curious how the premium Japanese malts would compare (in price), e.g., the very fine Yamazaki.
I haven't read this whole thread but find this info very interesting because I have never heard it before. Don't know if I wasn't listening or what, but I just had no idea Blanton's label was owned by someone else!Age International, former -- but not current -- partner in what is now Buffalo Trace, owns the Blanton's brand.
I hope this agreement ends soon and they start distributing all the labels here or at least the SFTB and Gold. I love Blanton's but really think it is better at a higher proof.
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In my personal experience, brands equally available in the US and Japan are comparably priced when you factor in exchange rates, etc. -- with the unique exception of Blanton's, which is much cheaper in the Original version in Japan than in the States.
The "low-cost" bourbons in Japan, especially in the $10-30 range, are usually the low-volume ones that aren't sold in the US: EW 12yo and 15yo and a bazillion other HH labels, Maker's Mark black wax (in the past), I.W. Harper, Early Times as KSBW etc. Four Roses used to be in this category until they expanded US distribution. Then you get the $50-100 range dominated by KBD (and Julian's stuff in the past -- there are some great VW expressions in the bars!) followed by the crazy $200 stuff like some of the 20-plus yo ryes and EW23.
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