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Blanton's Special Reserve Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Blanton's bourbon is a popular premium bourbon from Buffalo Trace that contains the signature, rye notes for which they are famous. It is named for Colonel Albert Blanton, who is said to have entertained his friends with bourbon from "Warehouse H." The idea of handpicked barrels turned into the 1984 launch of what they consider to be the very first bourbon entry into the "ultra-premium whiskey market."

Blanton's Bourbon has one of the coolest bottles around, the figures on the cork represent the 8 different poses of horse-racing in honor of the Kentucky Derby. Obtaining all 8 of these figures is a sport among collectors.

This particular "special reserve" edition of Blanton's is blended down to 80 proof as opposed to 93 in the in the classic expression. This was designed to make it more approachable and an introduction to the line.

One doesn't often think of buffalo in Kentucky but the Buffalo Trace Distillery takes its name from the buffalo path (or "trace") that led to the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County. They take pride in the limestone water (being notably free of iron) and good soil conditions for grain. The site has had a working distillery since 1787 but the official Buffalo Trace first began operation in 1857. It obtained one of only four permits offered during Prohibition to maintain production for "medicinal purposes." Today, the distillery sits on a picturesque 119 acres and produces several labels of critically acclaimed bourbon.

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