BOTTLING: 15/5/17, barrel 211, warehouse H, rick 51
Two Christmases ago, a good friend introduced me to the delights of Blanton’s Gold. Needless to say, he’s still a good friend and continues to make quality whiskey recommendations.
This really is a delight in every way. The stylish bottle with its eye-catching shape and hand-done batch details aren’t the only things to make it stand out. There’s the lovely golden horse and jockey topped cork too, which you’re definitely gonna want to keep.
The main quality here, however, is what’s in the bottle! As great as the rest of it all is, it’s not just a gimmick to sell a bottle. The quality of this Bourbon stands out in its own right.
Quite literally, it is liquid gold. The look, the aroma, the taste – all gold level.
APPEARANCE: Rich caramel.
NOSE: Warming spice, caramel and rich demerara sugar, with a lovely lingering dry vanilla note which gives way to oak. There’s also a distinct touch of apricot, which adds to the complexity of the aroma.
PALATE: Oh my, what a beautiful, beautiful initial burn. It lingers, coats the tongue and releases lovely rich fruit flavours – red, sweeter fruits initially before the darker, more rich fruits take over. Then comes the toffee and caramel, even a touch of crème brûlée. The additional beauty of this liquid loveliness is that it provides a warm, smooth lingering flavour fest in your mouth. Even when you’ve finished the dram, you’ll still be enjoying it.
OVERALL: Quite simply a sublime Bourbon. It ticks all the boxes with a complex nose and complex, complementary flavours. Bourbon doesn’t get much better.
PC RATING: 94/100 ( (A).
Official tasting notes, from Blanton’s:
Nose: Powerful and Dry, marked by Honey, Heavy Rye, Dried fruits, Vanilla, and Chocolate.
Palate: Entry – Sharp, Full and Rich, Marked by Apricot, Butter, Pepper, Light Honey, and Oak
Finish: Long, with Toffee and Apple, Developing on Pecan and Caramel
Best Served: Straight
SAMPLE SOURCE: My own collection.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a whiskey expert, just a guy who loves whiskey and writing about it from a completely personal point of view. All opinions expressed are mine and the only influence on what rating I give comes purely from what I think of what’s in the bottle.