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Blantons Straight From The Cask

Help me bring this to the US

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nReview by @numen

20th Apr 2013


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from a purchased sample. Warehouse H, Rich 13, bar #3

I loved another incarnation of this expression and was curious to see how it went from bottle to bottle.

Nose: Rich rye bourbony goodness. Vanilla, rye spice, and a molasses like syrup or caramel dominates. Wood is there, but completely in check. Cherry liqueuer and apples. Cinnamon and concentrated spice rum. I may use this as an aphrodisiac. (with water) Like the Blanton's at 46.5, but much richer and more vibrant. Buttery honey and toffee, rye and rye candy. Sweet nose. Rich vanilla extract. Heaven is supposed to smell like this.

Palate: Thick and syrupy, not surprising given the nose and proof. Initial burst of wood, rye, caramel-honey, and baking spices. Much less fruit. Drop of orange liqueur and burned spice cake. Gives way somewhat to dry bourbony dark chocolate. (with water) still rich and thick. Honey, rye goodness. Lots of goodness in this one. Just a perfect amount of wood. The rye is typical of the sweet and spice. Hard to fault, so I won't.

Finish: Neat, it trends to the darker, and is a little short with water. This is fabulous neat. This is fabulous with water. Basically, if you like alcohol/bourbon/spirits, get two bottles. If you don't, get two bottles and give them to me. Consistently great expressions from this label. People should stop fighting for Pappy and the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and should spend their time lobbying to have this available in the US. Your only regret will be that you didn't have this earlier. I may pick up a third bottle. A-/A (closer to the latter)

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Victor commented

How can I help you 'bring this to the US'? I've been wanting it for quite awhile, and have never seen a bottle of it.

10 years ago 0

numen commented

I'd actually start a letter-writing campaign or petition for it. It's embarrassing that a bourbon gem like this is unavailable in the US. And I'd ask people passing through Europe and Japan to pick up a bottle for me :)

10 years ago 0

GotOak91 commented

Given your mouthwatering review, Id love to help bring this beauty to the U.S.

10 years ago 0

paddockjudge commented

In Ontario we've been able to enjoy Blanton's Original, Special Reserve, and Gold Edition; however, each time numen hints at the magnificent qualities of the cask strength it makes me wonder why we are being punished and not able to enjoy the cask strength...I'd gladly pen a letter.

10 years ago 0

numen commented

I heard back from Blanton's and was told that Sazerac (the domestic distributor) has not chosen to pick it up and that one should reach out to them to petition for it.

10 years ago 0

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