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I hesitated for quite some time before buying this Blanton's Special Reserve. Mainly because there wasn't much in the way of reviews here. But I am sure glad I did.
I started my whisky journey via the Single malt route, but am now branching out to bourbon.
My first bottle was Makers Mark.... that was ok. But I felt that it didn't really scratch my bourbon "itch" so to speak. It was nice, I liked it but didn't blow me away.
My next bottle was Elijah Craig 12. Big improvement over Makers Mark in my quest for a nice bourbon without blowing my budget.
Finally I chanced upon this Blanton's and it quickly became my favourite.
I love the way the sweetness fades into a gently spicy note in the mouth. I love the syrupy coating it leaves my tongue as it goes down. I love the soothing warmth i get which is partnered with oaky, vanilla and cherry notes.... delicious.
The only bummer for me is that here in Australia, it costs around $45 for a 700ml bottle.