Buckle up, bourbon enthusiasts! Dominic Guglielmi's "Warehouse H" isn't just another bourbon book; it's a deep, heartfelt dive into the soul of Blanton's. Guglielmi, the man so steeped in Blanton's lore that Buffalo Trace might as well put him on speed dial, delivers a narrative that's as smooth and complex as the bourbon itself. Check out what he's done to his basement in the video below. In a word, "Amazing!"
This book isn't just for Blanton's fans; it's a love letter to Bourbon's history. Guglielmi's a self-proclaimed "super fan" – think David Jennings and his Wild Turkey obsession, but with a Blanton's twist. He wears the "tater" badge with honor, and frankly, his dedication is contagious.
The book itself? A beauty to behold. It’s got a cover that’ll make your bookshelf proud, and inside, it’s packed with photos that are as much a treat as a well-aged bourbon. Guglielmi’s writing style is like a fine bourbon - accessible to newbies but layered enough for the connoisseurs.
Diving into the book, Guglielmi paints the picture of Blanton's birth at a time when bourbon was more out of fashion than a three-piece suit in a heatwave. This isn't just about a single barrel; it's about the barrel that saved bourbon from obscurity.
The history of Blanton's and Buffalo Trace is covered, but don't expect a deep dive – this is Blanton's story through and through. If you're after a full Buffalo Trace saga, you'll need another book for that. But what "Warehouse H" does offer is a goldmine on Blanton's variants, including those elusive export bottles that make even seasoned bourbon hunters giddy.
And those "Blanton’s Fast Facts"? They're the secret sauce. These tidbits are like finding a rare bottle hidden at the back of a liquor store shelf – pure gold. Plus, Guglielmi isn't afraid to tackle the hype around Blanton's head-on. He knows it's not the be-all and end-all of bourbons, but he also knows it's a gateway for many into the wider world of whiskey.
In summary, "Warehouse H" is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in bourbon. It's a well-balanced blend of history, personal narrative, and whiskey wisdom. Whether you're a Blanton's die-hard or just bourbon-curious, Guglielmi's passion and knowledge shine through on every page. So, pour yourself a dram, settle in, and enjoy the ride.
This book gets a solid RECOMMENDED from me.