Nothing effects an aging whiskey's flavor and color more than its time in the barrel. The charring process caramelizes the natural sugars in wood, and acts as a filter for impurities left over from the distilling process.
Char levels range from 1 to 4, Blanton's Bourbon uses Char No. 4, the highest level of char. How long the barrel is charred contributes to the whiskey's final taste.
The charring of new oak barrels is an essential part of producing bourbon.
Blanton's Bourbon uses Char No.4 because it extracts the most delicious flavor and aroma from the wood, including sweet vanilla and caramel notes.
Smokey and earthy notes are also enhanced by Char No. 4. All these flavors come together in the final taste of aging Blanton's Bourbon barrels.
This diverse combination of flavor and aroma contribute to the complexity in every bottle of Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon.