Discover the differences between Booker’s Bourbon vs Blanton’s Single Barrel in this head to head matchup and decide which bourbon is better for You!
|Nose||Vanilla, oak, leather|
|Palate||Vanilla, tobacco, stone fruit, caramel|
|Alcohol content||126 proof (58% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Knob Creel SB, Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s|
Booker’s (Alternatives) is aromatic, rich in vanilla, leather, tobacco and oak.
On the palate, it shows a good body offering initial sharpness that gives way to complex flavors.
Is rich in vanilla, tobacco, stone fruit, caramel, a dash of baking spice and the peanut note you get from the whiskeys crafted at this distillery.
The finish delivers cherry and oak and lingering warmth, but is not harsh, settling into a nice glow on the mouth and in the chest.
Booker’s is hot and tasty, just a bit of astringency from the high proof but quite pleasant nonetheless.
Rich in vanilla, tobacco, leather and caramel without much sweetness which is a good thing for those like me who are not that fond of excessive butterscotch in a pour.
It drinks nicely neat but if you feel the burn add a drop or two of water tuning-down the heat while bringing more sweetness and oak.
Adding a large ice ball also tunes it down but doesn’t allow sweetness to emerge.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Booker’s:
- Aged between 6 and 8 years.
- Uncut, unfiltered and straight-from-the-barrel or what I call the “Holy Trinity”.
- Made from a mash bill comprised of 77% corn, 13% rye and 10% malted barley.
- Booker’s receives its name from Fredrick Booker Noe II who was Jim Beam’s grandson and master distiller for around 30 years.
Blanton’s 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||Weller, E.H. Taylor, Stagg Jr.|
Nose is sweet, with an old leather hint and a tad of oak.
On the palate, Blanton’s offers traditional bourbon flavors, is rich in butterscotch, vanilla and rye spice only than richer and creamier as it is full-bodied.
Blanton’s Single Barrel is remarkably smooth with the right amount of sweetness making a super easy yet deep and interesting pour.
The finish is long, sweet and pleasantly warm with a bit of NyQuil on the tail but is not a deal-breaker.
Blanton’s is worth the hype, this is a super smooth and perfectly balanced bourbon with a nice buttery body making an entirely satisfying sipper.
Best way of drinking the Blanton’s is neat, if you want it chilled add a large ice ball or use a set of whiskey stones as you don’t want to water it down.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Blanton’s Single Barrel:
- 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.
Booker’s vs Blanton’s: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Blanton’s Single Barrel||$125|
Booker’s vs Blanton’s: Which is better?
Blanton’s is easier to like
- Blanton’s is a safer bet as this is a supremely smooth yet incredibly tasting pour with no harsh or off-putting notes.
- Blanton’s is a full-bodied dram that strikes a perfect balance between spice and sweetness with the right amount of oak making an entirely satisfying dram.
- Booker’s is good and interesting as there are not many uncut, unfiltered and straight-from-the-barrel bourbons. It drinks much easier than you would expect from a whiskey at this high-proof.
- But this a more demanding bourbon that needs a persistent aficionado willing to endure initial heat to find the nice tasting notes it has.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!