Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

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.

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon
46.5% ABV
ScotchNoob™ Mark:
Price Range: $45 - $50
Acquired: (Dram from a friend's bottle)

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  • I found blantons to be disappointing, it was watery and not bold enough on the front to tie together all the sweetness, while i would have again i will not buy it.

    If you can try kentucky spirit from wild turkey, it is very good and around the same price as blantons.

    • Garret, I’d have to agree with you — this is not that complex of a bourbon. I prefer rye in general, but this has none of the subtlety of a decent rye. It’s a great bottle, and it will make a nice Derby centerpiece tomorrow, but drinking it neat leaves much to be desired. I assume it’ll make a nice, though expensive, Mint Julep.

      Oh, yeah, btw: Golden Cents, Verrazano and Revolutionary — in that order tomorrow. Good luck.

  • I like Blanton’s. We haven’t seen it on the shelves here in South Texas for almost two years. The a month ago I found one lonely bottle in a( Kingsville) shop selling for $72.99. This price was $10 -$15 dollars less than I was seeing online. I bought it. Yesterday I walked into the local Costco-WB (Pharr,TX) and the manager says he just got an allocation of Blanton’s thirty minutes before. 1 bottle. He brought it out and I bought it for $59.99. I was pleased. Maybe we’ll begin to see more Buffalo Trace product here in S. Texas.

  • This one took me a little while to get used to. Was very unimpressed at first. Now I love it. I’ve been a scotch drinker for a few years now, but have been wanting to find a nice go to bourbon. This is one that I’ll always have on hand.

    • Just had a sampling night with a good friend. He had 2 Japanese Suntori’s(very good) and Eagle Rare(not bad at all). I brought Talisker 10(very nice) and Blanton’s Single Barrel. Guess which one we finished off? Blantons. He said it wasn’t as good as a good single malt scotch or a good Japanese whisky, and I agreed. Yet, Blantons is the one we could not get enough of. It just grows on you. Side by side, ok compared to others. But, it is something I just choose over everything else. Can’t explain it. Love this stuff