Nose: Allspice, clove, caramel, butterscotch, corn grain, light floral, orange peel, sawdust, tobacco, vanilla.
Taste: Buttery/silky; Dare I say, smooth?! Light Brown sugar, charred oak, fig, honey, sugarcane, black pepper, slight fruit; strawberry or light cherry, heavy cinnamon, leather, and musty tobacco.
Finish: Medium length. This barrel has a pretty heavy cinnamon note, that hits right up front, with a little cardamom, and brown sugar. The floral/earthy notes of leather, some corn grain slide through – adding an almost artificial sweetness, before the delicious dried fruit, tobacco, burnt caramel, and charred oak finish it off.
The hit of charred oak at the end of this with the tobacco really remind me of a toasted product which helped it rank slightly better than my last Blanton’s rating.
Overall: This is a polarizing bottle. The looks and hype sell if more than anything. There is no need to go into detail about how this “used to sit around” and all that other blah blah blah.
Blanton’s has been popular for the last 5-6 years and just keeps increasing in popularity. There is something to say about a bottle people will spend $200 on when there are much better options on the shelf for less than this actually retails for. I paid probably somewhere between $60 and $70 for this bottle and I believe Blanton’s should still hover around the $50-$55 mark.
I think everyone should own a bottle – just because – but know that the Blanton’s you’re tasting today is mostly 5yr old juice. The bottles of yesteryear that made it so popular were minimal 8 and as high as 15 in some cases. Nevertheless, this is a delicious, spicy, earthy, and lightly fruited barrel that I have really enjoyed sipping on this month along with other variations of Blanton’s.
Value Rating: 3/10
Total Score: 4.95/10