Blanton's Silver and Green ("Special Reserve")

Earlier this week, I posted reviews for two outstanding expressions of Blanton’s: The Original Single Barrel Bourbon- the “Gold” label and Blanton’s: “Straight from the Barrel.” Click here to read our notes.

Today, I’m finally posting notes for two other Blanton’s products- the Silver and Green (a.k.a “Special Reserve”) labels. Both products are, of course, distilled and aged in Buffalo Trace’s Warehouse H, but they are export bottles, and I don’t believe the distillery offers the Silver label anywhere anymore. That’s OK; it didn’t knock my socks off. These notes are brief- I drank both at a party!

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Blanton's "Silver”
98 proof
Online price: ~$300 or more.

Color: Dark amber.

Nose: Werther’s candies and oaky spice. Gentle/subtle/intriguing.

Tasting Notes: Spicy, oaky, masculine; like most other Blanton’s products, I get a kick of peppery spice and deep char. A dry, hot finish.

Overall: B-. Good, not great. I’d like to put the 98 proof “Silver” and the 93 proof standard offerings up against each other blind. I was excited by the foreign, hard-to-find silver label and jockey stopper…but honestly, it’s so-so.

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Blanton's "Green” (a.k.a “Special Reserve”)
80 proof
$50

Color: Translucent copper.

Nose: So light. I am sniffing into the glass…pushing the glass over my nose and audibly sniffing…and I can barely pick up some raw grain, campfire smoke, and indoor pool/chlorine.

Tasting Notes: :( Not great. Again, very light. I guess I’ve been spoiled by barrel strength, 8-12 year old, bold, viscous bourbons (like Blanton’s: SFTB)!. This is so gentle. Perhaps there are Cognac or mild Scotch sippers who would appreciate the lighter, thinner profile.

Overall: C-. Not for me.

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