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Blanton's Original

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@SquidgyAshReview by @SquidgyAsh

18th Jan 2014


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Once again it's getting close to the time where my wife is going to start her world famous ribs which feature bourbon as a glaze.

The bad thing about these ribs is that they use bourbon which means it's bourbon I'm not drinking. The good thing about these ribs is that they use bourbon which means I get to go out and buy a bottle or two of bourbon.

So I always grab a new and different bourbon each and every time, and even better I have the wife's permission to buy a new bottle of whiskey!

Last Saturday I went out and picked up a bottle of Blanton's Private Reserve Single Barrel, paid about $65 for the bottle, which is all special and cool looking as it resembles a globe that's been angled, or cut, or god I just can't explain this, it's very frustrating.

Suffice to say the bottle is very striking and pretty.

The whiskey is bottled at a higher abv then the normal entry level Blanton's. 46.5% vs 40%. And is bottled on April, 23, 2013, from barrel # 198, where it had been stored in warehouse 18 on rick 17.

Whew! Did you get all that?!

The whiskey is very very dark, if it was a single malt you'd say it'd spent 20 or so years in a sherry cask.

A beautiful color!

The whiskey has thick thick legs that just oooze down the side of the glass.

A sweet nose as so many bourbons often have, with heaps of vanilla, cinnamon and red vines coming off it, but there's also apples, toasted oak, nutmeg, citrus, and caramel.

Let's have a taste shall we?

Very sweet, delicious, but very sweet. Red vines again, citrus, honey, chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla, very creamy.

A mild finish, full of vanilla and chocolate ends this whiskey.

Around $65 to $75 a bottle (AUS) which is reasonable considering how tasty this whiskey is. Be warned though, it's very very easy to drink.

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