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Blanton's Original Single Barrel

OK, scratch that. If the whole world of bourbon were my oyster, I would exclusively drink Blanton's Original Single Barrel ($50). This is a hand-bottled single-barrel bourbon, meaning the bourbons from various barrels are not mixed. "It's a costly, painstaking way to produce Bourbon. But it's the only way to achieve a product of a quality and pedigree worthy of the Blanton label," the makers explain on the label. It tastes grainy, oaky, not too sweet, smooth as butter, slightly peppery, and as slow to bloom as a Southern drawl. Drink it alone — after all, why would you want to dilute perfection with cocktail ingredients?

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