Blanton's Special Bottles

Rare low production and commemorative bottlings

Size matters.  Blanton's has been bottled in several sizes ranging from 50ml to 750ml.  For an in-depth explanation of why some sizes exist, please visit this link.  Also note some international market bottles are labeled "70cl" which is equivalent to 700ml.

Rarity Index

Check out this page for an in-depth explanation of the Rarity Index referenced below.  Ratings are subject to change over time and open for debate!​ 

 About Bottle Sizes

Sterling / Starling Silver

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

1991/1993

See notes

Market

Rarity

Japan, Not For Retail Sale

Unicorn

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 says "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

30th Anniversary

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

100

750ml

2014

Market

Rarity

Japan

Rare+

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

Rarity

Alabama 

Rare+

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

Rarity

Kentucky

Unicorn

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)

  • Several bottles are known with collectors. One is located in the Frankfort, KY museum

Additional Pictures

Picture 1

Picture 2

Tezuka 100th Anniversary

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

500ml

2009

Market

Rarity

Japan, Not For Retail Sale

Unicorn

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

"Pocket Watch" Edition

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

1994

Market

Rarity

Japan

Rare+

Notes:

  • Has a holographic image on the hang-tag

  • Nicknamed "pocket watch" 

  • Bottle itself doesn't appear to have special label vs regular bottling of the time

"Memory of Yujiro"

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

1991

Market

Rarity

Japan

Rare+

Notes:

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

  • Unique hang tag, box and neck label

My Only Blanton's - Individual Program

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

130.9

750ml

2006

Market

Rarity

Japan

Unicorn

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

  • 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

Rarity

Japan

Unicorn

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

  • Additional info from Takara Japan LINK

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Greek Label

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

129.6

700ml

2018

Market

Rarity

Europe

Rare

Notes:

  • A special release of Straight From the Barrel

  • Need confirmation of distribution locations in Europe

  • Barrel 1221, likely others

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

103

700ml

2006

Market

Rarity

Germany

Unicorn

Notes:

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

  • 1500 bottles produced

Additional Pictures

Commemorative Letter

"Medicinal Whiskey" Private Selection

Proof

Size(s)

Produced

93

750ml

2019

Market

Rarity

Private Pick 

Exceptionally Rare

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

Rarity

St. Louis

Exceptionally

Rare

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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