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Blantons Straight From The Cask

I love this. And I want more.

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nReview by @numen

3rd Feb 2013

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Single barrel (#195)

Nose: I can really get on board with this. It smells thick. Maple syrup, almost like an extremely high quality spiced dark/navy rum. Stewed prunes and figs. Heavy, dark caramel covered apples. I'm not going to drink this. It's too amazing. (with water) More fruit comes out, and the water clarifies the deeper notes, if that makes sense. The syrup and spiced are brought into greater relief. It's top-notch. I may prefer this slightly neat, but at this point, it's splitting hairs.

Palate: Syrup, maple, wood, spice (cinnamon, cardamom, touch of anise). Unsurprisingly a little warm, but that's a-ok by me. Maybe green apple or apple skins. Just explosive and awesome stuff. Very dense. Not the easiest sipper, but the best things don't have to be. (with water) More honey and straight, obvious rye grain and sweetness. Syrup+pepper, wood, and a great kick still.

Finish: Perfectly balanced sweetness with the wood to brace it. It turns a bit to pipe tobacco juice, ashy cigars, maple syrup, and more spiced navy rum in the backyard. Dark cherries, why not? (with water) Rye, wood, sticky syrup -- no trend here -- a bit of heat and pepper. I'm not sure; I wandered into a bourbon induced hazy dream.

This is one of those rare bourbons for me that I not only love, but wish that I had bottles of. BOTTLES.

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7 comments

@MCM
MCM commented

Nice. Is this offering currently in stores, or do I have to look hard for it?

9 years ago 0

numen commented

@MCM, it's a BT product bottled for a Japanese company and sold only in Japan and Europe. Sadly, it doesn't look like they're going to produce it for the US market. This is different from the Original Single Barrel, which is bottled at 46.5%.

9 years ago 0

@MCM
MCM commented

Yeah, I've seen talk of this bottling before, but now I'm even more jealous of you. Maybe someday. :)

9 years ago 0

numen commented

I forgot to mention here, but I only had a sample from a friend, though, now, I'm scouring the internet for a bottle somewhere. It's now one of my favorite bourbons. I have no idea why they don't sell it in the US; it'd sell like hot-cakes.

9 years ago 0

@MCM
MCM commented

I just read they might be available at duty-free shops.

9 years ago 0

numen commented

That is excellent. I'll have to pick up a bottle the next time I'm passing through one. Thanks for the update!

9 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

I've wanted a bottle of Blanton's Straight From the Cask (ie Uncut) for a very long time. I've never seen it for sale. Mr. Murray raves about this too.

9 years ago 0

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