Blanton's Downtown Grill & Brewery Restaurant Pick

Tasted October 2019 ~ 93 proof

Brilliant polished copper color.

Allow the nose to open up to release some of the alcohol notes. After the nose is greeted with creamy caramel notes and hints of apples. The two combined bring back memories of small town carnivals with Granny Smith apples dipped in caramel with nuts.

The palate has the familiar sweetness of vanilla and caramel notorious for bourbons. However, this brings hints of a flaky pie crust filled with your traditional baking spices of clove and nutmeg. The clove lingers in the finish including hints of numbness on the lips. The finish is savory and has the palate ask for another sip. 

Certified Bourbon Establishment

The Downtown Grill & Brewery located in Knoxville, TN is a Certified Bourbon Establishment as recognized by the Stave & Thief Society. Their selection on site boasts some great picks at amazing prices. 

Dominant Flavors

Pie pastry with baked spices, clove and nutmeg.

Blanton's Gold

Tasted May 2019 ~ 103 proof

Delicious aromas that hit my nose and immediately activates a memory with me. I am camping with my grandparents. My Grandfather is teaching me the "art of roasting marshmallows"; and, how it will help me "woo the ladies." S'mores! Chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker and slight campfire all on the nose. 

The palate doesn't disappoint. It coats the mouth effortlessly and fills it with notes of pecan pie: spices, caramel, the body, and even notes of pastry that come at the end. Amazing!

We Love What We Can't Have...

Only available overseas or just delicious? Whatever the reason, this is an amazing sipper. Allow it to open up. Try it with a little water, ice or just let it breathe and sip. 

Dominant Flavors:

Caramel. Pastry. Baked Spices.

Blanton's La Maison du whisky limited edition

Tasted March 2019

The barrel pick for Golden Promise (in Paris), the speakeasy associated to La Maison du Whisky. A legitimate unicorn!! The nose is direct: cotton candy!   

Wow. Maybe it was because it was the Golden (Promise) Unicorn among unicorns but this thing was D-E-L-C-I-O-U-S!! And, for that, I don’t care if it was the placebo affect or not. It immediately hits the palate and entrenches the mouth. Caramel, of course. Baked Apples. Toffee – brown sugar, burning. Tail end becomes a flaky, buttery, pastry.

Golden Promise

Sometimes you can find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We discovered this in a "speakeasy" in Paris, France. Every aspect of this discovery was AMAZING. Happy hunting. Find this place!

Dominant Flavors:

Cotton candy. Toasted brown sugar. Vanilla. 

blanton's straight from the barrel

Tasted May 2019 ~ 130.3 proof

At 130.3 proof, I approached slowly for the nose. I was greeted with soft cotton candy. You know the smell as you approach the cotton candy booth? After it dissolved to something similar to maple syrup. 

It hits the palate and coats it like a teaspoon of honey. It pushes itself around the mouth. Crème brûlée with its delicious vanilla custard and toasted sugar. Finishes smooth. 

Right From The Source

There are a lot of byproducts of fermentation and distillation. Some of these create full flavors and textures. This guy invites all of those of to stick around. Well played!

Dominant Flavors:

Vanilla. Burnt sugar. Custard.