Discover the differences between Kentucky Owl vs Blanton’s in this in-depth comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!
Kentucky Owl Confiscated Bourbon
- Nose: Popcorn, oak, leather, cherry.
- Palate: Oak spice, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla.
- Finish: Oak, vanilla.
The nose brings a popcorn note, followed by oak, old leather and a touch of cherry.
On the palate, the Kentucky Owl has a good body as it feels creamy. First sip feels warm with strong oak spice bitterness at first, followed by caramel, cinnamon and a bit of vanilla.
It remains warm through the finish, bringing more oak spice and vanilla.
The Kentucky Owl drinks warmer than what 96 proof would suggest, although a large ice ball is enough to tune it down but the oak spice remains there.
Not a bad bourbon but a little too much oak spice making it a bit demanding and not the easiest drinker.
At its current price I can think of several better bourbons to buy before the Kentucky Owl.
Kentucky Owl Prohibition makes homage to the barrels seized by the government prior to Prohibition that belonged to C.M. Dedman who founded this brand back in 1879.
The distillery closed since the onset of Prohibition until 2014 when it was revived by Dixon Dedman in 2014.
In 2017 the Owl was acquired by the Luxembourg-based Stoli Group, better known for the Stolichnaya Vodka.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Kentucky Owl:
- Bottled at 96.4 proof.
- It does not have an age statement.
- The mash bill is unknown.
- Kentucky Owl is sourced from undisclosed distilleries.
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.
Drinks beautifully neat with no need to add water or ice to it.
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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.
Kentucky Owl vs Blanton’s: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Kentucky Owl Confiscated||$147|
|Blanton’s Single Barrel||$130|
Kentucky Owl vs Blanton’s: Which is better?
Blanton’s is an easier drinker
- Blanton’s is a crowd pleaser as it’s quite tasty yet smooth, hence its popularity.
- Nicely balanced, with very little to no warmth, no off-putting notes making a nice sipping bourbon.
- Kentucky Owl is much more challenging, as it lets you feel the heat and is rich is oak spice bitterness demanding a persistent aficionado.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!