Mini Bottles

Blanton's "minis" have been produced with many slight variations over the years

About Mini's

Generally there are considered to be 5 types of Mini's.  93 Proof USA bottle, 93 Proof Japanese, 80 Proof Black Japanese, 80 Proof Green International, and 80 Proof Korean (lesser known).  Within many of these there are slightly different variations, primarily with the jockey position and casting quality. 

 

The list below is a work in progress.  Likely exact dates of production for many of these will likely never be known.  It is also likely that similar to the larger bottle stoppers, several "types" were used simultaneously. Rarity by "type" is also difficult to determine.  in general the Green Mini is considered exceptionally difficult to find while Black is also quite rare.

 

Special thanks to just-mini-bourbons.com for many photos.   

Type 1

Mini Type 1.webp

Type 5

Mini Type 3.webp

Type 2

Mini Type 2.webp

Type 6

Mini Type 8.webp

Type 3

Type 4

Mini Type 5.webp

93
Proof

Mini Type 4.webp

Single Barrel Minis

Size

50 ml

Produced

Types 1-5 - Pre 1993
Type 6 - 1993-Present

Domestic & International

Market

Notes

  • Types 1-5 had a more crude casting on the stopper as shown under the horse

  • No neck label on types 1-4

  • Various stoppers were used as shown by the position of the tail

  • Note slight variation in rider position in "type 4" vs "type 1"

  • Current US distribution of "type 6" mini is limited to Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas

  • Rarity by type is impossible to determine. by type.  All are generally very rare

Mini Type 6.webp

93
Proof

Type 1

Type 2

Mini Type 10.webp

Type 3

Mini Type 11.webp

Japanese Takara Red Minis

Size

50 ml

Produced

Early 1990's - Present

Market

Japan

Notes

  • Types 1 & 2 had a more crude casting on the stopper as shown under the horse

  • Various stoppers were used as shown by the position of the tail

  • Casting more refined on type 3 stopper

  • Type 1 produced pre-1993.  Blanton's spelled without an "s"

  • Rarity is impossible to determine. by type.  All are generally very rare.

Mini Type 13.webp

80
Proof

Type 1

Type 2

Mini Type 14.webp

Type 3

Mini Type 12.webp

Japanese Takara Black Minis

Size

50 ml

Produced

Mid  1990's
Discontinued

Market

Japan

Notes

  • Types 1 & 2 had a more crude casting on the stopper as shown under the horse

  • Various stoppers were used as shown by the position of the tail

  • Casting more refined on type 3 stopper

  • Rarity is impossible to determine. by type.  All are generally very rare.

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Korean 80 Proof Mini

80 proof mini front.jpg

Size

50 ml

Produced

Mid 2000's

Market

International

Notes

  • Sold as part of a gift set along side 80 proof 500ml Korean

  • Possibly sold individually

  • Additional Picture - Box Set

  • Exceptionally Rare

80
Proof

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92 Proof Mini

IMG_9830.JPG

Size

50 ml

Produced

Early 1990's, Pre 1993

Market

International

Notes

  • Full size 750ml 92 proof bottle also confirmed and listed on "standard bottles" page

  • Exceptionally rare.  Likely only produced briefly and distributed to select markets

92
Proof

Size

50 ml

Special Reserve Green Mini

Mini Type 15.webp

Produced

Early 2000's, Discontinued

Market

International

Notes

  • Exceptionally rare.  Likely only produced briefly and distributed to select international markets

80
Proof

Sizes

50 ml, 375ml

Connoisseur Sauce

Mini Type 16.webp

Produced

2009-2010

Market

Domestic

Notes

  • Sauce with Blanton's in the ingredients

  • Several online references to this sauce from 2009 and 2010

  • 375ml size also sold​

  • Additional Picture - Rear of Bottle

BBQ
Time!

Size

50 ml

Unique Neck Label

Mini Type 17.webp

Produced

Italy

Market

International

Notes

  • Unique neck label, likely added by distributor

  • Italian writing "Distributed by Donato & .."

  • Assumed very rare

93
Proof