Review: Blanton’s Single Barrel Select Private Selection from Quality Liquor Store

blantonsFour Roses and Jack Daniel’s aren’t the only single barrel private selection bottlings out there. Check out this bad boy from Quality Liquor Store, which is based in San Diego but which has a nice online selection of spirits.

Today we’re looking at QLS’s private bottling of Buffalo Trace’s highly regarded Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon. This bottling was dumped on April 7, 2015 from Barrel #36, warehouse H, rick #10.

What an amazingly soft and incredibly drinkable bourbon this is. The nose is a bit restrained, showing pencil shavings, barrel char, brown sugar, and a touch of eucalyptus. That may sound like the intro to a huge whiskey, but the body turns out to be remarkably soft and seductive. The palate is filled with luscious vanilla ice cream, butterscotch, banana pudding, creme brulee… if you’re not picking up that this is a dessert-like confection in a glass by now, there’s something wrong with you. The finish is moderate, beautifully sweet with just a hint of lumber influence but also some lingering milk chocolate notes.

Entirely engaging but light as a feather, it’s one of the best bourbons I’ve encountered all year.

93 proof. Reviewed: Bottle #200/264.

Want a discount at QLS? Use code DRINKHACKER10% for 10 percent off!

A / $70 / qualityliquorstore.com

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3 Responses

  1. Steve September 28, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    Whoa! Even with the 10% off, that qls site you reference is a bit pricey!

  2. Bob October 4, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Dammit! I was going to pull the trigger on this one…got home from work about a hour ago, went to their site and saw one bottle left in stock – so to make ABSOLUTELY sure of the wisdom of my purchase I did a Google search for more reviews (to reinforce your opinion, of course!) and futzed around too long. When I went back just now, it was “out-of-stock”!! Oh well, I won’t let that happen again. Good thing Blanton’s does a fair number of single barrel hand-selected bottlings. (I could try to console myself with the thought that in the time it would have taken to set up an account, enter my card and shipping info etc., some other lucky bastard might have gotten his order in ten seconds before mine, but I don’t think that’ll work :-(( –Thanks anyway, Chris.

  3. Bob October 4, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    [P.S.] Since your review went live a week ago, I guess I’ve no one to blame but myself for missing out – plus the xxxx numbers of people who read it before me.

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