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The gentler side of Kentucky bourbon is Blanton's Special Reserve. Bottled at 80 proof, this dram is on the elegant, floral side of bourbon, and the bottles containing it are pretty special too! A statuesque cap and labeled by hand they will add certain oomph to your Bourbon collection.
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In the winter of 1881, Albert Bacon Blanton was born on a farm situated just outside of Frankfort, Kentucky. At the age of 16, Blanton began working at the Old Fire Copper Distillery (often abbreviated O.F.C. Distillery) as an office boy. Over the next few years, Blanton reportedly worked in every department at the distillery. By the age of 20, he was appointed the superintendent of O.F.C, and worked there until his retirement in 1952.
Much like his mentor, E.H. Taylor, Blanton was a traditional bourbon aristocrat, wedded to the production of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Blanton identified a certain section of Warehouse H at his distillery, which he believed was the best for aging bourbon, and would personally select individual barrels from the section to bottle for his own private reserve.
There are not many things more American than bourbon, and although most of it is produced in Kentucky, it can be produced all over the USA. It must be made with at least 51% corn and bottled at 40% ABV or higher. So why not give this American classic a try?
This beauty is light and floral on the nose with hints of hay, grain, wood, citrus, and dried fruit. It's sweet on the palate with just a splash of pepper, while the finish is slightly shorter with notes of rye and heather.