What's in a name? Blanton's Special Reserve whiskey is called whiskey because it's produced in America. Were it from Scotland it would be spelled Blanton's Special Reserve whisky, rather than whiskey.
Nose: Spiced. Grainy sweetness. Buttery, fruity tang.
Palate: Light, balanced, gentles spices, toffee. Dried peels.
Finish: Spices, medium-length.
I know each barrel is different but I've had 3 bottles of this stuff and consitantly it was the "Lowland" of bourbon whiskeys, think Auchentoshan with a corn bite but same sweet subtle fade. Best Bourbon for non bourbon drinkers, very approchable.
22nd October 2010
In Kentucky we like a smooth dark silky bourbon that has a sweet finish. Blanton's is famous for this, thus the reason why they have made such an indelible mark on the Kentucky landscape. Worth the price for a cool afternoon in the early fall.
10th December 2011
This has a fruity aroma indeed. There's little heat from the alcohol. The flavor has less bite to it when compared to the Hancock's--another single barrel from Buffalo Trace--I tried before it. It is, though, smooth and with no bad qualities, other than it's somewhat bland compared to the Hancock's. The spice in the finish builds some with each sip. Karl
11th October 2012
It tastes like JD without coke, but in a nice bottle with a horse on.
12th December 2013
Seriously though, I'm no connoisseur, and rarely drink Bourbon. But I have to say this is really nice stuff, it doesn't burn and it drinks real smooth. Tastes fantastic and is real well presented. Fantastic stuff.