Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon
Blanton Bourbon was once exclusively bestowed upon only Colonel Blanton’s family and friends, ambassadors and dignitaries. Luckily, everyone now has the privilege to enjoy Blanton’s array of bourbons! Blantons Single Barrel Bourbon is sweet with an oaky, citrus profile and a vanilla nose with hints of chocolate, caramel and nuts. It’s recommended to serve Blanton’s Single Barrel neat, on the rocks or in an “Old Fashioned” cocktail. To create an “Old Fashioned”: place two sugar cubes in a rocks glass (or 1 tsp. sugar), sprinkle 4 dashes of Angostura bitters and stir in 2 oz. of Blanton’s Bourbon and 1 tsp. of water. Place a lemon peel for garnish and added flavor, or better yet an orange peel to complement the citrus palate and nose.
This Single Barrel Bourbon is comprised of corn, rye and malted barley, and is aged in white oak barrels and chill filtered. The horse and jockey on the bottle stopper is a Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon trademark depicting a tradition of horse racing in Kentucky. In 1984, the Original Bourbon was the first single barrel bourbon in tribute to Colonel Blanton, who was an enthusiast for straight Kentucky bourbon and believed blends to be inferior.
Warehouse H is the exclusive source of Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon and it is believed that it ages bourbon better than any warehouse on the distillery grounds since it’s located farthest from the Kentucky River and it’s built with metal walls. The metal walls allow the bourbon to extract more flavor from the oak barrels by expanding deeper in the summer and contracting during the winter.
Blanton’s is a recognized name, partially from being featured in hit American television shows like The Big Bang Theory, True Blood, House of Cards, and Desperate Housewives. In 2010, Fox News claimed Blanton’s as one of the World’s Top 10 Coolest Liquor Bottles. Jim Murray’s “Whiskey Bible” also named this single barrel bourbon as “liquid gold.” Because of the fame and small batch productions, Blanton’s Single Barrel is extremely hard to get your hands on.