FRANKFORT, KY (Oct. 21, 2023) – Although Frankfort, KY and Paris, France are thousands of kilometers away from each other, they do share one thing in common: a river. With both cities heavily influenced by the rivers that adjoin them, Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon celebrates their commonality with the release of its 2023 River Edition Bourbon, exclusively produced for La Maison du Whisky, Blanton’s distributor in France.
Blanton’s 2023 River Edition honors the rivers that flow through Frankfort and Paris. A world apart, the rivers are vital to their communities, providing rich, fertile land on its banks, which led settlers to both areas. The Kentucky River was a major thoroughfare for the commerce of bourbon in the 19th century, and its limestone water, rich in minerals and low in acidity, make it an essential part of bourbon distillation. The Seine River, in addition to its importance in trade and transportation, has inspired people for centuries. Countless poems, works of art and romantic encounters have centered around the Seine. The Blanton’s brand is the perfect bourbon to pay homage to both.
The Blanton’s 2023 River Edition is only available in France, and will debut at Whisky Live Paris on October 21st. This Limited Edition will be distributed to select on and off-trade accounts through La Maison du Whisky, including its shops in Paris.
With its bright blue illustrated ribbon of water meandering its way across both the black gift box and bottle label, the 2023 River Edition will be hard to miss on shelves and at bars. A silver holographic emblem on the box pays homage to picturesque bridges across the Seine and Kentucky Rivers. Inside, the bottle is adorned with its classic gold wax and gold horse stopper which fans have come to adore (and collect!)
Tasting notes for Blanton’s start with a nose of maple syrup or honey with beautiful vanilla bean. There is an orange citrus aroma with hints of stewed berries. The palate is a beautiful caramel and English toffee with warm baking spices. Some butter notes and sugar cookies can also be detected. The finish is medium to heavy-bodied with a medium-long finish. Caramel and toffee are the stars. A spicy backbone gives it structure. It has a very well-balanced, classic Blanton’s profile.
Like all Blanton’s Bourbon, the River Edition is a Single Barrel. Since each barrel was specifically selected by Blanton’s and La Maison du Whisky for this limited edition, the proof will vary between 100 proof and cask strength, depending on the unique profile of each barrel selected.
For additional information, questions, and photography regarding the Blanton’s 2023 River Edition, please reach out to our customer service team via email at email@example.com.
Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon, the world’s first single barrel bourbon, was created in 1984 by Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee. Named after former distillery President Colonel Albert B. Blanton, Elmer recalled how Colonel Blanton would handpick “honey barrels” from the center cut of Warehouse H and have it bottled one barrel at a time, to be served at the many parties Blanton held. With the creation of Blanton’s, Elmer revolutionized the industry by creating a “super premium” category of bourbon with the world’s first single barrel bourbon. This idea was somewhat radical at the time because it challenged the identity of what most people thought bourbon should be. Today, Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon is one of the most revered and award-winning bourbons in the market. For more information about Blanton’s visit BlantonsBourbon.com