A bourbon that needs no introduction, Blanton’s has become a household name. The brand’s popularity has also made it somewhat of a collectible, with rare bottles commanding hundreds if not thousands of dollars on the secondary market.
Aside from the incredibly high price tag, this bourbon is a wonderful single barrel that should be tried by any bourbon fan. The aroma is inviting, the flavor is rich and complex, and the finish leaves a lasting impression. This bottle will make a beautiful centerpiece for your liquor cabinet and impress even the fringe bourbon drinkers in your life.
This single-barrel bourbon is aged for a full five years and is bottled at a higher proof than the standard Blanton’s. It’s smooth, with a hint of citrus and oak.
Blanton’s is distilled and bottled at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Their unique bottle shape and their “man on a horse” bottle stoppers set them apart from other bourbons on the market. They’re also known for their wide variety of limited edition labels and the fact that many are only sold in specific countries or in select stores. In fact, one collector managed to assemble a full “vertical” of 42 different Blanton’s bottles.
The Takara Red is a limited release that was bottled specifically for the Japanese market in 2008. It’s a slightly older age than the standard 46.5% ABV Blanton’s that is available in the US, and it’s a bit drier as well. This bourbon has an inviting aroma with hints of honey and caramel sugar. Its finish is warm and long, with the sweetness of fruit and tobacco lingering.