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Bourbon Whiskey Review

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Cask Strength 65.7% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
Natural Colour
Single Cask

Our Score

From the Distillery Website

Not only one of the world’s best bourbons, Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel is one of the world’s best whiskeys. Created for connoisseurs familiar with cask strength whiskeys, this enormous taste profile reaches depths of flavor found only in the rarest of spirits. On the nose we get notes of dark chocolate, caramel and butter with earthy undertones of walnut and hazelnut.  The palate delivers intrepid notes of warm vanilla, oak, toasted nuts and a rich spiciness with hints of butterscotch or honey.  The high alcohol by volume is intense and powerful yet inviting. The deep and resonate finish on this bourbon is nothing short of legendary. Straight from the barrel is best served neat or with a splash of water. Un-filtered, un-cut, unbelievable. 

Our Review

Review 60 4th July 2020

We decided not to do our usual 1st Friday of the Month review yesterday, but instead, roll the review over to today as its US Independence Day.

Blanton's, a Bourbon that up until this review, was a whiskey that we have wanted to try but never had. But such an occasion as Independence Day couldn't warrant any old Bourbon, it needed to be something a bit more, well, AMERICAN! Larger than life, bigger personality, brasher, dare we say better! Since we can't afford any Pappy, we went with possibly a better option and choose Blanton's Straight from the Barrel.

Blanton's is famously held in warehouse H on the Buffalo Trace distillery, owned by The Sazerac Company. Warehouse H was constructed shortly after the repeal of the prohibition act and is the only metal constructed warehouse on the site, you can findout more by watching the Blanton's video below our video towards the bottom of this page.

Straight from the Barrel, it does exactly what it suggests. Its Single Barrel (Single Cask), Barrel Broof (Cask Strength) at 65.7% ABV or 131.4 Proof. It is natural colour as required by US Law and non chill filtered. As this is a sample, we are unable to locate any details from which batch release it came from, we don't have a price so will not be giving a value score. It's often difficult to get a price with such bottles as the secondary market is so active, is the price the retail or secondary price?

On the nose; WOWZERS! The alcohol is nose hair singeing, then you get an intense super turboed typical bourbon nose. We are talking a bourbon nose of Oak, caramel and vanilla all dialled to 11. Intense concentrated brown vanilla sugar sweet with spices and oak.

On the palate; Where to start. The alcohol is a vicious attack dog, it goes straight for the throat, while also attempting to burn away your flavour receptors. This 65.7% bourbon has an intensity that comes across stronger than the Deanston at 66.6% that we reviewed no so long ago. It's flavour, well it is like a turbo charged cordial juice that hasn't been diluted yet, its an intense hit of a velvet mouth coating oil of dense vanilla, fruit and caramel or butterscotch. There is fruit and dark chocolate. Neat, this is unpleasantly mouth drying and bitter. Drinking this is like taking a bite of a hot chilli pepper, but wanting to go back and have another go, because you like to hurt yourself. Something I am all too used to, when I am foolishly midway through another Ultra Marathon.

This whiskey is crying out for water to tame it. With some H2O it becomes less of an attack dog and more like a loyal guard dog, that you still are nervous around. It releases some lovely levels of burnt caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa and butter. There are fruits, citrus and cherry. And that drying bitterness becomes a softer yet still spicy finish with cinnamon and black pepper.
This is the nicest bourbon we have tried yet. Is this down to being able to control the dilution with water to get to a proof we enjoy? or is it because it's a Blantons and just this good irrespective of being cask strength?

For an overall score we give it 87 out of 100 (we gave it an extra point after recording the video).
We want to try a regular Blantons now.

Our YouTube Review

How Blanton's is made

Additional Info

  • Country: USA
  • Region: Kentucky
  • Age Statement: 6 Years Old
  • Chill Filtered: Non Chill Filtered (NCF)
  • Colour Status: Natural Colour
  • ABV: 65.7%
  • Cask Strength: Yes
  • Colour: undefined
  • Peated / Smoke: Unpeated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: American Oak
  • Single Cask: Yes
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml, 750ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Average Price (or RRP): Not Available
  • Value Score: 0
  • Our Score: 87
  • Ownership: Sazerac Company
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Brand: Blanton's
  • Packaging: Box
  • Category: Bourbon
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