Thanks to /u/nofansky for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.
I really don’t get to try enough bourbon. This is the first offering I’ve ever tried from Blanton’s. It’s a brand of the Buffalo Trace distillery which places an emphasis on single barrel bottlings and hand crafted style bourbon.
This particular sample is from their Straight From the Barrel range, which are all bottled at cask strength/barrel proof. I’m not sure what the mashbill is here, but I can tell from the nose that it’s got a decent amount of rye in it.
Aged 4 years*. 64.4%ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
*for lack of age statement.
Nose: Right when I poured this smelled very creamy. Loads of vanilla cream. Very deep wood notes. Stroopwafel. Milk chocolate. Light pickled ginger. Cloves.
Palate: Lots of woodspice. Cloves. Cinnamon. Then a wave of honey, maple syrup and vanilla cream, followed by another wave of dry wood, more wood spice and rich fruits.
Finish: Long. Somewhat dry wood. Tart plums. Honey. Long waves of woodspice and menthol.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was a really lovely bourbon. I noticed the creaminess of it right from the start. It has some lovely deep fruit and wood notes to it and the spiciness which I’m assuming is from the rye component just adds a really lovely dimension to it.