Blanton's Gold Edition Bourbon Whiskey

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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. This Blanton Gold Edition is distilled from a sour mash of corn, rye, and malted barley and is aged in American White oak with a dark #4 char.

Often described as a bolder more pronounced version of the original Blanton’s this bourbon is bottled at a higher proof than the original. “Blanton’s Gold Edition was created for discerning connoisseurs who appreciate exceptional smoothness and clean finish in their bourbon whiskey” (producer).

Strong vanilla on the nose with dried fruit, dark chocolate, honeyed notes and cereal. The palate is rich with caramel, charred oak and subtle peppery spice. The finish is lingering and pleasantly sweet.