I was sad to hear of the passing of Elmer T. Lee, Buffalo Trace's former master distiller and the first person to commercialize a single barrel bourbon (Blanton's). Here's a good article about his legacy http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/bu...t-93.html?_r=0
I picked up a bottle of his signature single barrel, Elmer T. Lee, and have been REALLY enjoying it. Maybe my favorite bourbon right now. It's a high rye but not too spicy--the sweetness takes over on the nose and throughout the taste.
I also got a bottle of Blanton's (given to me, luckily, not sure I'd fork out the cash myself), and it was pretty harsh right upon opening. A splash of water and an ice cube helped mute that a little bit. I'm letting it breathe for a few days to see how it smooths out. The bottle may be my favorite bourbon bottle out there.