Blanton’s Single Barrel via Damon’s Beverage
Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon is many things. It is touted as the original single barrel bourbon, it is allocated, it is highly-sought after, and it is hated as much as it is liked…perhaps even more. Another thing Blanton’s has been lately: inconsistent. I say this a fan of the product. I think it’s good, and sometimes really good. I have enjoyed this bourbon for years, and it’s very evident that there is so much hype around this one that supply will likely never catch up to demand. I noticed 2019 bottlings had a noticeable variance in the profile; however, I will say that the past six to ten months of releases have all been in line with my expectations.
REVIEW & TASTING NOTES
The standard shelfie version of Blanton’s Original is one that usually carries a light caramel, some green apple, and a touch of sour cherry for me. The occasional hint of cotton candy will pop up in some barrels, and I like that. It’s sort of the metric by which I measure Blanton’s. This particular barrel from Damon’s Beverage is noticeably leaning into a darker profile. There’s green apple but the caramel is darker and heavier, and backed up by more oak structure than I expected. Carried with a touch of spice to the finish. This is a solid pick that steers slightly out of the Blanton’s lane, but doesn’t fully depart. All in all it’s nice and serves as a fun way to sip something a bit different that is still familiar.
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