The finest bourbon in the world comes from a single barrel. That’s the way Colonel Albert B. Blanton first bottled his private reserve bourbon nearly a century ago. Blanton believed the “center-cut” or middle sections of Warehouse H were the best for aging his bourbon. Personally tasting and choosing each barrel, these barrels were reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family and friends becoming the world’s first single barrel bourbon. His time-honored tradition lives on today as only a handful of barrels from the center of Warehouse H are selected to become Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon.
Here at B-21, we tasted numerous barrel samples and received the original barrel with our order’s arrival. The finished product was truly golden in color and smooth and flavorful with no hot aftertaste, even at the high 93 proof. An utterly incredible sipping whisky, from our table to yours. Robert Parker reiterates what we already told you, “…this is one of the most complex of the Kentucky bourbons I tasted.”
Smoky, woodsy, caramelized flavors of brown sugar, honey and maple syrup include a hint of wood. With a light to medium amber color, a full-bodied, gorgeously textured, fleshy, broad, savory mouthfeel…
What happens after creating brands like Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s “Gentleman Jack” and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel during a 40 year career as Master Distiller at Brown-Forman Corporation, becoming an inaugural member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, being awarded Malt Advocate’s Lifetime Achievement Award and claiming the status of “Living Legend” from Wine & Spirits Magazine? Well, if you are Lincoln Henderson, you “come out of retirement” and create the best-tasting bourbon on the planet.
Angel’s Envy is what happens when 200 years of tradition meets a master craftsman’s instinct to improve. It’s a total return to craft first, hand-blended batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time. Lincoln personally tastes every barrel throughout each step of the process to ensure that the spirit meets his standards. This would be enough for other premium bourbons, but Lincoln had other ideas. That’s why every batch is finished in ruby port wine casks. The ruby port finish adds nuance without compromising the spirit. Sinfully rich, Angel’s Envy is an exceptionally smooth and rare bourbon inspiring envy, even if it takes a little longer.
Maybe not. Wine and fast-food pairing is not so easy for some of the national chains that have tried it, the New York Times reports. Problem isn’t blue nosed prohibitionists so much as personnel and logistics issues, like needing older servers and occasionally bouncers. Still, you can more than caffeine, and fizzy sodas at a few Starbucks in Seattle, at Sonic Drive-In in Homestead, and a few of Burger King’s upscale Whopper Bars, like Vegas, New York City and South Beach. Don’t look for beer or wine in Orlando at Florida’s other Whopper Bar Universal’s City Walk, though they do have bourbon burgers.
I won’t argue whether that unoaked chardonnay or an ’09 CdR is best with Double Whopper or Sonic’s Bacon & Blue hot dog (crisp rose?). I do think that prudery and snobbery combine to opposes the idea of wine with everyday food. Beer has it easier. Beer goes with brats at the ballgame and burgers on the grill, but most of us like a cheap red with pizza. And why not? Saying “Europe does it better” is tiresome but sometimes true. In long road trips from Spain to Germany last year I avoided fast food but stopped in plenty of gas stations. Almost all served drink as well as food. Beer, wine, brandy as well as espresso. Nothing fancier than the cellophane sandwiches. Hard to call that wining and dining “sophisticated,” but it does seem …mature.