A Definitive Guide to Blanton's Bourbon
Domestic & International
Japan received single barrel starting in 1995
700ml produced for select international markets
375ml began as early as 1991. Select US distribution and Japan.
50ml bottle available in 6 states (AL, IA, KY, OR, PA, TX)
Aged a minimum of 6 years
Barrel Proof Varies
700ml bottle is less common
USA limited release began Fall 2020
Widely stated to have been discontinued in 2009 but some sources say 2011
700ml most common. 750ml confirmed in Japan.
Japan received Gold starting in 1993
750ml bottle is less common
USA limited release began Summer 2020
Exclusive to the Japanese market and aged around 2 years longer than standard Gold.
Dark red wax is the quick way to distinguish this from standard gold
Red velvet bag
Shiny gold box
Exclusive for the Japanese market and aged around 2 years longer than Special Reserve (Green)
50ml bottle was Japan only and has been discontinued.
Distinctive neck label with Japanese writing
Exclusive for the Japanese market. Same 93 proof as original single barrel but aged an additional 2 years
Commonly sold in red box
Label is cream colored
It is unknown if the Japan 50ml bottle has the standard 6 year or Takara red 8 year juice.
700ml is most common
750ml confirmed to exist in Japan
Possibly Korea only
Same as "Green" but with a dark red/brownish label
Buffalo Trace has one in their display case
Rare 500ml size
*** 50ml "mini" bottle confirmed at 80 Proof and sold as part of a set along with the 500ml bottle. Pictures forthcoming.
Unknown international markets
Appears to be a special reserve but did not receive the special reserve neck label. Probably an early version of Special Reserve before they branded it and created the green label