Discover the differences between Blanton’s Single Barrel vs Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel in this head to head comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!
Blanton’s Original Single Barrel
|Nose||Vanilla, caramel, oak, old leather|
|Palate||Creamy vanilla, honeyed, baking spice, oak|
|Finish||Long, honey, brown sugar, caramel|
|Alcohol content||93 proof (46.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Neat|
|Similar to||Blanton’s Gold, Buffalo Trace|
Nose is rich in honey and caramel, with an old leather hint and a whiff of oak coming behind.
On the palate, Blanton’s offers traditional bourbon flavors, is rich in butterscotch, vanilla and moderate rye spice only than richer and creamier than your typical bourbon.
The Blanton’s Single Barrel is just so smooth with the right amount of sweetness and oak making a super easy yet complex and interesting pour.
The finish is long, sweet and pleasantly warm with a bit of a NyQuil note coming late to the party.
Blanton’s is worth the hype, this is a super smooth and perfectly balanced bourbon with a creamy body making an entirely rewarding sipper; the best of all is that it is still reasonably priced and widely available.
Blanton’s (Similar Bourbons) drinks beautifully neat with no need to add water or ice to it.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Blanton’s Single Barrel:
- Mash bill is undisclosed but apparently carries 15% rye in the mash.
- Blanton’s Single Barrel does not have an age statement but is typically aged for 6 to 8 years.
- Earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012.
- Named “liquid gold” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
- Earned the Chairman’s Trophy as the world’s best bourbon at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2012 and 2013, scoring three points higher than Pappy Van Winkle’s 23 Year Old Bourbon in 2012 and two points higher than Pappy Van Winkle’s 20 Year Old Bourbon in 2013.
Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel
|Nose||Ethanol, vanilla, oak, dark, fruit|
|Palate||Vanilla, butterscotch, baking spice, oak|
|Finish||Long, dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel|
|Alcohol content||93 proof (46.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel is made using the same mash as the Blanton’s Original Single Barrel and Blanton’s Gold.
Straight From the Barrel is bottled without chill-filtration and at barrel strength.
Chill-filtration is a common practice among the industry as it prevents the liquid from becoming hazy, but some purists assure that the filtering also removes precious tasting notes from the dram.
At barrel strength means that the bourbon was not watered-down when pulled from the barrel and before bottling.
The nose provides an initial hit of alcohol given its bottled at 126 proof. As you let it develop in the glass rich dark fruit starts to appear, along brown sugar and baking spices notes.
On the palate Straight from the Barrel has a solid creamy body that delivers deep dark fruit and warm baking spices, followed by toasted oak as well as a dryness that coats the tongue nicely.
The finish is long and delightfully warm with more dark fruit notes.
Overall, an immensely enjoyable pour. It doesn’t drink like it’s proof with very little to no burn. It has the complexity and rich flavors that you demand from something bottled straight from the barrel.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel:
- The barrels are chosen from Buffalo Trace’s Warehouse H.
- Blanton’s was created by master distiller Elmer T. Lee in 1984 and named after former distillery president Colonel Albert B. Blanton
Single Barrel vs Straight from the Barrel: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Blanton’s Original Single Barrel||$125|
|Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel||$400|
Blanton’s Single Barrel vs Straight from the Barrel: Which is better?
Straight from the Barrel is the Best Blanton’s
- Straight from the Barrel is not only an improvement over the already good Blanton’s Single Barrel but the best Blanton’s bourbon.
- Therefore, if you are made treat yourself give Straight from the Barrel and post a pic on Instagram as the bottle provides bragging rights.
- If you are a price conscious buyer seeing your portfolio getting decimated get yourself the Single Barrel which is an amazing bourbon and yet reasonably priced; this dram is not a consolation prize.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!