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Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, makes some fine whiskey, but none is treasured drop-by-drop like Blanton's Bourbon. The name comes from Albert B. Blanton, who started work at the distillery in 1897 and worked in every department over the next half century.
In a special metal-clad aging barn, master distillers carefully select the best barrels of Bourbon exclusively for Blanton's. Why metal and not brick? The metal heats and cools quicker, allowing faster aging. Hot days and cool nights cause the whiskey barrels to expand and contract, creating a deep and complex product. While most of the barrels at Buffalo Trace are moved and poured by machine, those destined for a Blanton's label are strictly manipulated by hand.
Single barrel spirits come from (you guessed it) only one barrel, the best in the barn and often in the center. It is not diluted nor are any colors or flavors added. The flavor is big and unique. The proof varies from batch to batch. Blanton's Bourbon is typically around 93-proof, but gold label versions can be up to 103.
Wondering if it goes well with cola? A spirit like this stands alone. Take it neat or perhaps with a few cubes. For a minimalist Southern twist, try a simplified Mint Julep. Skip the sugar and soda. Just shake it with ice and a few fresh mint leaves. Strain it into a chilled cocktail glass.