Update 7/11/2022: I’ve revisited this review more than 10 full years later. I’ve left the old one below for comparison.
Blanton’s, a brand owned by Buffalo Trace, is distilled (as is everything these days, it seems) at Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky. Considered to be the first brand to release a “single barrel” bourbon (in 1984), the company selects barrels only from the center of their “Warehouse H” facility to be considered for single-barrel bottling. These notes are from barrel #150.
Nose: Rye influenced (nutmeg and mixed spices), some cherrywood, nutmeg and cinnamon. Rich golden hay, cornmeal and a hint of cider.
Palate: Creamy body. Corny burn and cinnamon red-hots resolve into luscious caramel and vanilla fudge, ice cream, and maple syrup.
Finish: Medium length, corn-heavy finish, with lingering rye spices – the nutmeg comes back with a vengeance.
Overall: Still trying to get over corn flavors in bourbon, but there’s nothing offensive or “plastic” about the corn notes here. The dominant rye character and skillful maturation make this a very tasty dram, although one you’re certainly paying for. Worth a try if you see it at a bar, but I only suggest buying a bottle if you know beforehand that this hits your “sweet spot” of preferred styles.