3. Blanton's Straight From The Barrel
This beloved cask strength bourbon is the third version of the first single barrel bourbon in the world, just after the Gold 103 Proof and the Original 93 proof. You will be, quite literally, tasting a piece of history.
The nose is toasty and inviting with fruity hints of raisin, orange zest plus oak. But don't be fooled by that gentle entry - at 130 proof, Blanton's is a fiery beast.
The palate is dry and packs heat as it delivers bold notes of oak, while the flavors of light honey, juicy raisins, and butterscotch attempt to tame the fire.
It ends in an explosion as the alcohol announces itself. While the burn is prominent, it curiously stays in the mouth, refusing to travel down the throat and stomach. With a drier finish, it leaves a flavor profile of oak, vanilla, and preserved peaches.
Without a doubt, Blanton's Straight From The Barrel is a drink for fearless whiskey connoisseurs. It's pure and unadulterated - the perfect dram for sipping slowly.