Despite being made in the U.S., not all bourbon is widely available stateside. Occasionally, bourbon fans have to travel abroad to find particularly rare and noteworthy expressions of their favorite brands. Now, one beloved whiskey is finally coming home.
Due to popular demand, Blanton’s Gold Edition single-barrel bourbon will soon be available in the U.S., according to a Thursday press release. Kris Comstock, Blanton’s senior marketing director, said the brand is “thrilled” to be able to finally offer the 103-proof expression of the award-winning whiskey, in limited, annual editions. Until this point, only the original 93-proof expression has been available stateside.
Blanton’s, distilled at Kentucky’s venerable Buffalo Trace distillery, is named after “Colonel” Albert B. Blanton, who ran the distillery after the end of Prohibition. Blanton supposedly handpicked the facility’s best barrels to age a private reserve whiskey, which inspired his eventual successor Harlan T. Lee to do the same in 1984. While American in origin, the major Bourbon market at the time was Japan, leading to most of Blanton’s products being sold exclusively overseas.
Blanton’s Gold will be available starting this summer, at the suggested price of $120. The press release notes that this year’s batch, described as having a “full and rich” taste, “marked by apricot, butter, pepper, light honey, and oak,” will be a “very limited” release — meaning you may have to race to your nearest liquor store to get it.
Bourbon lovers, take your marks.