Blanton's Special Bottles

Rare low production and commemorative bottlings

Sterling / Starling Silver

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

1991/1993

See notes

Market

Japan

Notes:

  • Never for sale in retail.  Given as a gift to Japanese retailers as a thank you. Less than 100 were made

  • Bottle shows 1991 date but sources indicate it might have been released in 1993

  • Confirmed bottle was full of bourbon and not empty

  • Original shipping box shows "Sterling" silver while bottle hang tag says "Starling"

Additional Pictures:

Box showing "Sterling" spelling

Close up of bottle

All items that came in the original box

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30th Anniversary

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

100

750ml

2014

Market

Japan

Notes:

  • Japanese exclusive

  • Available to purchase as a complete set with all 8 BLANTONS stoppers and a special stand/bottle display

Additional Pictures

Commemorative stand

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Alabama Bicentennial

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

2019

Market

Domestic Alabama only

Notes:

  • Celebrating Alabama's 200th anniversary

  • Released through ABC Stores in Alabama

  • 2 Barrels were selected for bottling with approximately 300 bottles produced (unverified)

  • Need a close up picture of the bottle.  Appears to have the same label as regular Banton's but with a commemorative sticker

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Frankfort, KY 200th

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

1986

Market

Domestic, Kentucky only

Notes:

  • One of the earliest special release bottles known

  • Doesn't have a traditional horse stopper, instead has a stopper with a building (Frankfort, KY)

  • Very Rare, one is known to exist in the Frankfort, KY museum

Additional Pictures

Picture 1

Picture 2

Tezuka 100th Anniversary

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

2009

Market

Japan

Notes:

  • Was not sold in retail

  • Given as a gift to employees of Tezuka Corporation for the company's 100th anniversary

  • One of 3 bottles known to have been released in 500ml

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"Pocket Watch" Edition

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

1987

Market

Japan

Notes:

  • Has a holographic image on the hang-tag

  • Nicknamed "pocket watch" 

  • Vary rare

"Memory of Yujiro"

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

1991

Market

Japan

Notes:

  • Special release in memory of Yujiro, who was considered the Japanese "Elvis"

  • Unique hang tag and box

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My Only Blanton's - Individual Program

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

130.9

750ml

2006

Market

Japan

Notes:

  • Exclusive Barrel Select Program offered by Takara

  • Barrel proof bottling

  • Individual program allocated 7 barrels that could each be purchased for 2,646,000 Yen (approximately 25k in 2020 USD)!

  • Each owner would receive 126 bottles

  • Sometimes nicknamed the "Chastity Belt" bottle

  • Ultra-rare

  • Additional info from Takara Japan LINK

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My Only Blanton's -

Co-Owner Program

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

130.9

750ml

2006

Market

Japan

Notes:

  • Exclusive Barrel Select Program offered by Takara 

  • Barrel proof bottling

  • Co-owner program allocated 4 barrels with 20 owners per barrel.  6 bottles were provided to each owner for 126,000 Yen (approximately 1.1k in 2020 USD)

  • Has a less fancy, white paper label as compared to the Individual program bottle

  • Ultra-rare

  • Additional info from Takara Japan LINK

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Greek Label

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

129.6

700ml

2018

Market

Europe

Notes:

  • A special release of Straight From the Barrel

  • Need confirmation of distribution locations in Europe

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Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

103

700ml

2006

Market

Germany

Notes:

  • Special release of Gold bottled exclusively for readers of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.

  • 1500 bottles produced

Additional Pictures

Commemorative Letter

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"Medicinal Whiskey" Private Selection

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

2019

Market

Private Pick (see notes)

Notes:

  • A private pick between bourbon clubs DGC in Greenville, SC, and The Book Club in Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Aged 6 years 9 months

  • Additional information LINK

"Gift of the Trees" Centennial Celebration

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

2012

Market

St. Louis

Notes:

  • Special bottle commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Japanese government's gift of Cherry Blossom Trees to Washington, DC.

  • Additional information LINK

 

Additional Picture

Back of bottle

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