Discover the differences between Blanton’s Single Barrel vs Caribou Crossing in this in-depth comparison and decide which Whiskey is better for You!
Blanton’s Single Barrel
- Nose: Vanilla, caramel, oak, old leather.
- Palate: Creamy vanilla, honeyed, fine spices, oak.
- Finish: Long and sweet, full of honey, brown sugar, caramel.
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 Single Barrel drinks beautifully neat with no need to add water or ice to it.
Learn how it compares to the Buffalo Trace!
There are a few facts worth knowing about Blanton’s Single Barrel:
- Bottled at 93 proof.
- 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 Winkles 20 Year Old Bourbon in 2013.
- Crafted at the Buffalo Trace Distillery along Pappy, Weller, Eagle Rare, EH Taylor, Stagg, Sazerac Rye among others.
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel
- Nose: Caramel, vanilla, roasted nuts.
- Palate: Rye spice, vanilla, baking spice, caramel, oak.
- Finish: Short, rye spice, oak.
The nose is light and pleasant with hints of caramel, vanilla and a touch of roasted peanuts.
On the palate, it feels a bit thin lacking in texture. Flavor hits with mild rye spice and vanilla up-front, giving way to baking spice and caramel. Just a bit of oak spice is noticeable.
The finish is short and somewhat dry, with rye spice and oak and very little warmth.
It drinks easy neat with no need to add water or ice as it goes down with no burn.
Caribou Single Barrel is not a bad whiskey, but definitely unimpressive. You get many of the tasting notes present in the Blanton’s Single Barrel just that thin and watered-down, as it is bottled at a mere 80 proof making it quite weak.
Not worth the price despite being sold as the first Canadian Single Barrel Whisky since the 19th century. The market is flooded with solid single barrels with more character and at better prices (Four Roses).
Another let down about this whiskey is that it’s likely to have artificial coloring and flavorings as this is allowed under the rules that govern Canadian Whisky; Bourbon rules don’t allow this practice.
Learn how it compares to the Rock Hill Farms Bourbon!
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Caribou Crossing Single Barrel:
- Bottled at 80 proof.
- No age statement, meaning it was likely aged for 3 years.
- Made using an undisclosed mash although you can tell it’s a bit high in rye.
- Crafted at the Old Montreal Distillery established in 1929.
- Bottled in Kentucky.
What do Blanton’s and Caribou have in common?
Both are owned by the U.S. based Sazerac Company
Blanton’s and Caribou are owned by the Sazerac Company and the two are bottled at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY.
The packaging is very similar making look Caribou as the “Canadian Blanton’s”.
Blanton’s vs Caribou Crossing: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Blanton’s Single Barrel||$130|
|Caribou Crossing Single Barrel||$75|
Blanton’s vs Caribou Crossing: Which is better?
Blanton’s is a more satisfying whiskey
- Blanton’s is a better tasting bourbon, tastier, yet just as smooth, with a more complex flavor and a creamy body well worth the surcharge over the Caribou Crossing.
- Caribou is not bad as it does not have any harsh notes, is just a thin and watered-down dram, and overpriced.
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