Warehouse H – Rick 112 – Barrel 1075 – Bottle 40
Virgin American Oak casks
Even though this is a Single Barrel, these kind of expressions have been pretty consistent through time. There might be some very, very, very small differences between barrels, but it should be minime.
Color : clear gold…just like it’s name !
Nose : powerful, honey, some notes of spices from the rye, oak, dried apricots and dates. Vanilla and chocolate blending together.
Palate : again the characteristic roundness of Blanton’s, this time drying up quickly. The chocolate comes out much more, expressing itself through the bitterness of a 76% cocoa ! This bitterness of dark chocolate is accompanied once again by the spices of rye and tobacco (oh that must be good with a cigar !). All this is balanced by softer notes of chaff fruits such as peaches and apricots, and this persistent honey.
Final : short and aggressive, a little more gripped by alcohol. There is still tobacco with burnt wood, adding deepness to the dram.
Comments : I have wanted this for a long time, and Lord am I not disappointed ! It is much stronger and spicy than the Original, and yet you can still find traces of it. I really like the flavours that overlap and yet are different throughout the tasting. Definitely a great dram. And what about those bottles…they are magnificent !!!!