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Blanton's Gold Edition

Pineapple blast!

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

29th Dec 2017

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I wish I could tell you the batch number and the bottle number, but somehow, the numbers on the bottle were removed. You can actually do that by accident with your finger nail.

NOSE: golden raisins, vanilla blast, a strong pineapple note, rich and tropical, candied peels, sugary, fruit, some moist Christmas cake action, red and green apples that are overripe and starting to go bad. WITH WATER: overripe pineapple and vanilla are dominating. Some floral notes appear as well. Those who have tried Rodenbach Grand Cru - will find it a hint of it here. Apricots, peach preserve. Orange marmalade. Cola, black tea 23/25

TASTE: explosive, rich, spicy, not too sweet. It's on the drier side. Overripe pineapple, oak, overripe green apples, vanilla, shoe polish, leather. Vanilla with caramelized bananas, buttery, honey. You can get a note of watermelon after adding water. 22/25

FINISH: long, pineapple again, oak. 22/25

BALANCE: 23/25

OVERALL SCORE: 90/100

OVERALL IMPRESSION: a really tasty, full-flavored bourbon that, in my opinion, is a very good addition to one's spirits collection.

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14 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Connosr # 12 highest rated whisk(e)y, as of today.

Pineapple? Curious. Don't think I've ever gotten pineapple from a bourbon.

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@Victor This note is definitely here. Overripe pineapple in syrup. This being said, I would buy two bottles of Eagle 10 over this any day.

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I scored my bottle 88 but I have to say it's rare that I reach for the bottle. it does not excite me. In fact, I had a spare and recently betrothed it to a friend.

11 months ago 0

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

Nice review Georgy, I have never been excited by the low proof versions we get of Blanton's here but I keep hearing such good reviews of the high proof stuff that I am curious. I do like Eagle 10 quite a bit is this at all in the same vein? Are this all variants of the standard Buffalo Trace recipe?

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@cricklewood, Eagle Rare is from Buffalo Trace Mash Bill # 2, at approx 15% rye content. Standard Buffalo Trace bourbon is from BT Mash Bill # 1, at approx 10% rye content. The 15 or 20 standard, i.e. rye-containing, bourbons from Buffalo Trace all use one of these two mashbills.

The Blanton's line uses BT Mash Bill # 2.

BT Mash Bill # 1 uses very low rye content; BT Mash Bill # 2 uses a moderate, middle of the road average rye content. Buffalo Trace makes no rye bourbons with high rye content in the style of distilleries like Four Roses (20, 30, and 35% Rye; 30% rye for the Bulleit contract) or the Old Grand-Dad line (28 to 30% rye) made by Beam.

11 months ago 4Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

@Victor thanks for the details on the BT Mash Bills, I am still always surprised by the number of different products bourbon producers tease out of the same recipe.

11 months ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

@Georgy - An interesting review, thanks! I would love to try this and a few other more high end bourbons but the prices here are prohibitive, especially when I think what Scotch, or other whisk(e)y I could get for the same money.

It would have to be a good bourbon to be worth two bottles of Eagle Rare 10 . . . .

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@RianC the irony is huge. Over here we can get high end bourbons for the price we pay for not much more than entry level scotch.

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@RianC Yeah, I got lucky and bought it for 75USD. Normally it costs 120USD. Well, ...at that high price point, I would pass on this one. It is enjoyable, but overpriced.

11 months ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@cricklewood, how many different whisky products does Ardbeg tease out of one and only one malt whisky recipe?

Sure, it is mainly about cask selection, with Scotch whiskies and with American whiskeys. The products are mostly differentiated by differing cask quality and differing cask flavour profiles.

The reason why there will be no mass production of the top products is always the same: the top 1% of casks/barrels available will remain only the top 1% of casks/barrels available. True too for the next tier down, which may be the next 4 or 5% of casks/barrels available.

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

@Victor I perhaps didn't express that I was pleasantly surprised. I I tried Stagg Jr. recently and really fell for the profile which I thought possessed certain notes that I had not experienced in a BT product or most bourbons for that matter. I know the top-tier products come from careful selection.

On the flip side I like seeing big distilleries pushing new boundaries, for example Jim beam signature craft, Buffalo trace experimental or single oak. There's also the new "little book" release which is similar to what high west have been doing but coming from Jim beam that's rather surprising.

11 months ago 2Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

If something doesn't excite you, you definitely don't want to betroth it.

11 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@MadSingleMalt It doesn't excite me. My friend wants the bottle. It's his for the taking.

11 months ago 0

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

Something akin to an arranged marriage, perhaps.

11 months ago 0

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