Blanton's Gold Edition

Blanton's Gold Edition

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Blanton's Gold Edition, NAS, 51,5 %

Blanton's Gold EditionBlanton's is a brand of bourbon whiskey produced and marketed by the Sazerac Company. It is distilled in Frankfort, Kentucky at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. They produce four different ranges of this brand: Special Reserve (40 % ABV), Original Single Barrel (46,5 % ABV), Gold Edition (51,5 % ABV), and Straight from the Barrel (cask strength).

Blanton's have a nice website (see link above) with lots of details for the releases. For instance, the details published for the Blanton's Gold Edition are:

  • Type: Bourbon Whiskey
  • Recipe: Corn - Rye - Malted Barley
  • Mash Type: Sour
  • Still Proof: 70% Alcohol by Volume - 140 proof
  • Entry Proof: 62.5% Alcohol by Volume - 125 proof
  • Warehouse: H
  • Barrel Type: White Oak
  • Maker: Independent Stave
  • Staves: 6 month air dry
  • Treatment: #4 Char
  • Filtration: Chill Filtered
  • Bottle Proof: 51.5% Alcohol by Volume - 103 proof
  • Color: Dark Amber

The bottle I am sampling from contains bourbon whiskey "dumped on 6-12-12 from Barrel No. 377".

You can buy the Blanton's Gold Edition in Sweden at SEK 539 (item number 55701). It is not currently available in Norway.

Nose (22/25): Vanilla, fudge, furniture polish, oak, coffee, rye and mild spices. Dried tropical fruits; papaya, mango and pineapple. It does have a very rich and full nose. Remarkably soft for such a high ABV, and (I would assume) relatively young age.

Taste (22/25): Caramel, white pepper, rye, mild oakiness, honey and leather. A bit fruity as well; banana, apple and pear. It is quite sweet, as most bourbons - but the sweetness is tempered, it does not overwhelm in any way.

Finish (23/25): The caramel grows bigger, and there's added elements of perfume, maple syrup, burnt toast, nuts, sweet licorice, eucalyptus, mint and Mentholatum. Quite long and certainly very complex finish.

Balance (22/25): A very enjoyable and complex bourbon.

Score (89/100)

Sláinte! - Thomas

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