In 2016 I picked up some bottles of Blanton’s Gold that were popping in and out of stores for about a week, 2 for me and 2 for @paddockjudge (he would eventually be the recipient of my spare). My review can be found here:
Also in 2016, in a transaction that brought me a couple of other coveted bottles, my brother muled me a couple of samples of Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel that were purchased at Master of Malt.
Around the time that I got those bottles and the sample to @paddockjudge he was kind enough to provide me with a sample of the Original which would be my first taste of that expression. On September 2, 2018, at last, we did a video tasting of the Original, Gold, and SFTB.
This expression is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Kraft Caramels, cherry, rich nose. Some fine ground black pepper, and butterscotch peeking through. Sweet Golden Delicious apple. A bit spirity. Feels like the hairs in my nose are being burned off.
Rich, powerful sweet and hot arrival. Spicy, oaky. Lots of caramel and vanilla. Water has minimal effect on taming this. Quite delicious.
spicy, astringent, “bourbony" (it’s the oaky, cherry note I associate with bourbon)
This is powerful, the nose and the palate complement each other.
This is a powerful bourbon. Not A. Smith Bowman, Stagg (+/- Jr) or ECBP powerful, but rich and full-flavoured. This is apparently only readily available in Europe or the UK, and not in North America (which is strange... and sad).
Would I buy a bottle of this? Probably…if I could afford it.
If you’re interested in my review of the Original, here it is: