Blanton's Bourbon Special Reserve Gold Label
[700 mL] A slightly more “grown-up” version of Blanton’s Original Single Barrel that builds off of all the great qualities and then some, while unfortunately selling at a more grown-up price point. This is a pretty consistent bourbon across the board when it comes to flavor profile. The nose, palate, and finish all are very pleasing and this bourbon delivers a great sip from start to finish. The Gold Edition is a slightly spunkier version of Blanton’s Original Single Barrel in the sense that it offers the same great nose, a little drier mouthfeel, and a little more burn in the finish. Additionally, the Gold Edition is a really fun opportunity to taste a higher proof version of a beloved single barrel that you won’t often get the opportunity to have, however it comes with a hefty price tag. I actually prefer the Gold Edition over the Original version, and it’s a shame that this isn’t sold in the U.S. at slightly higher price than Blanton’s Original Single Barrel. If it were, I could see this being popular as many Blanton’s fans would gladly pay for the opportunity to try a slightly “grown-up” version of a beloved bourbon. That being said I’m not sure how many would go back for a second bottle due to the fact that while it’s slightly better, I’d be willing to bet many would be hard pressed to pick one bottle of Gold over almost two bottles of Blanton’s Original Single Barrel.