Blanton's Straight from the Barrel

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Distillery Bottling
#4 Charred American White Oak Barrel
65.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Warehouse H, Rick No. 44
Added on
11 Oct 2016 9:21 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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€ 85.00

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Whisky Reviews for Blanton's Straight from the Barrel

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.44 points

  1. El Bastardo scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    If you drink it in small sips, it is much more pleasant and drinkable. Still, it's too extreme for me from here.
    • Nose
      Diluted to around 50%: Not much of a difference to undiluted. Maybe a little more cautious.
    • Taste
      Diluted to around 50%: simply numbs the tongue for the first few seconds. Then (with more saliva) very similar to the 48% dilution.
    • Finish
      Unchanged with an emphasis on spiciness.

  2. El Bastardo scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    The smell is surprising, but as an overall impression, I wouldn't recommend diluting it down that far. So far I've liked 43% and 45% the best.
    • Nose
      Diluted to around 40%: the fruity plum base note comes out very well. Almost reminiscent of "Japanese Umeshu", but no. The caramel and vanilla are too present, albeit in a very "lovely" form.
    • Taste
      Diluted to about 40%: The "lots" of water has quite tamed the smell. Still not the taste. The flavor has been weakened a bit, but the strong basic impression is still there.
    • Finish
      What remains is only an oak-heavy flavor, which doesn't last that long.

  3. El Bastardo scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I'm still thinking about it, but with 45% I think it tasted a lot better.
    • Nose
      Diluted to around 48%: In comparison, quite a bit stronger, almost too strong to be able to absorb all of the fruit without any problems. From here on, seasoning and caramel take over.
    • Taste
      Diluted to approx. 48%: skin clean. After you get used to it you will notice a stronger oak-heaviness than before.
    • Finish

  4. El Bastardo scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    So good.
    • Nose
      Diluted to about 45%: more fruity than before. More dark dried fruits like plums. Still very spicy and caramel-heavy.
    • Taste
      Diluted to around 45%: a firm, pleasant, delicate note of wood hovers next to sweet corn.
    • Finish
      Fades slightly, but this impression covers the tongue and throat and lingers comfortably for up to 30 seconds.

  5. El Bastardo scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Wow, what an overall impression. Even when diluted to 43%, it tastes richer than many others with this strength. I deliberately skipped 40%, but now I will make up for this strength as well. For me currently the best bourbon I've ever drunk.
    • Nose
      Undiluted: First vanilla and caramel, association of dried plums, first light spice, then transitioning to the typical bourbon aroma but completely without "glue smell", so only the best.
    • Taste
      Diluted to around 43%: Spicy, powerful, full-bodied with dark fruits.
    • Finish
      Diluted to about 43%: long and warming.


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