In 1984, the world’s first single barrel bourbon to be marketed commercially was released under the label, “Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon.” Named in honor of Col. Albert B. Blanton, it seemed a fitting tribute to a man who spent a lifetime preserving the tradition of handcrafted bourbon. For more than 55 years, Col. Blanton devoted his career to producing fine whiskey and preserving and enhancing the heritage of what today is known as Buffalo Trace Distillery. Born and raised on a nearby farm, Col. Blanton began working at the distillery in 1897 as an office boy when he was only 16. Over the next few years he worked in every department, and before he was 20, Col. Blanton was appointed superintendent of the distillery, its warehouse, and bottling shop. By 1921, he was president of the whiskey plant. Col. Blanton’s hands-on experience in all aspects of the distillery proved to be invaluable as he led the company through some of the most trying times of the 20th century. Under Col. Blanton’s guidance, the distillery was one of only four U.S. distilleries (and the only one in Kentucky) to continue making whiskey during Prohibition (1920-1933) with a special government permit. In 1959, Col. Blanton passed away, having spent more than half a century and most of his life doing what he loved best, at a place he loved the most. From office boy to company president, from bourbon baron to proud preserver of heritage, Col. Blanton played an invaluable role in perpetuating and enhancing one of Kentucky’s finest traditions as well as one of its most historic landmarks.
Brilliant burnished amber hue. The nose shows dry citrus, raisin, light vanilla, spice. The palate shows sweet with citrus, marked by a light vanilla and honey. The finish shows crisp with notes of spice and a hint of cinnamon apple.