March 2017 Monthly Tasting – Blanton’s and Bottling Proof Isolation


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Numerous factors affect a whiskey’s final characteristics.  Those in the know will tell you that the mash bill, the yeast, the fermentation method and environment, the still, distillation rates and proof, the type and char of barrel, the barrel entry proof, the aging environment, and the time in the barrel are all factors that contribute to each specific product.

But one more nuanced variable also shapes the way a product is perceived – the bottling proof.  This month’s Flight Club will focus on just that – the bottling proof – and that factor’s impact on nose, taste, and finish.  We will be sampling the entire international lineup of Blanton’s, which includes otherwise identical single barrel bourbons* bottled at 80 proof, 93 proof, 103 proof and barrel proof.

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Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #2: The Single Barrels

Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #2

Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #2

Buffalo Trace Distillery has a rich history and enviable product line. It currently produces many of the most sought after whiskies on the market, including the Van Winkle line and the bottles comprising the Antique Collection. But other bottles, such as Elmer T. Lee and Blanton’s Single Barrel, are nearly as elusive and revered for whiskey connoisseurs.

Several friends and I recently tasted an abbreviated lineup of the bottles comprising Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #2 – Hancock’s President’s Reserve, Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel, Blanton’s Single Barrel, Rock Hill Farms, and Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel. Each contain the same mash bill, are non-age stated, and single barrel releases.

[For our final conclusions and links to the other Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #2 reviews, click here.]

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