Buffalo Trace Gift Shop
One frequently asked question is if the stoppers which represent the two Ns in "Blanton's" are different. They are! The 2nd N is stylized as N: with a colon immediately after the letter. According to Buffalo Trace they produce an equal number of each stopper. They are randomly applied to the bottles. While it might seem some letters are rarer than others, it simply isn't true. Stoppers are also available for purchase from Buffalo Trace's gift shop or online website.
The full-size stoppers are used on 750ml, 700ml, and 375ml bottles while the "minis" have a smaller stopper with no letter.
Gold colored stoppers are produced for both Gold and Takara Gold Editions. They are also occasionally used on annual special editions released in France and other European markets. Silver stoppers were produced in the past for the now-discontinued Silver Edition. Buffalo Trace will occasionally offer silver stoppers for sale in their gift shop.
If you are looking to buy more stoppers (attached to bottles!), check out Frootbat.com, which has a wide variety of Blanton's in stock and ready for shipping.
Even if you are just visiting for information on the free stave, I encourage you to stick around and checkout Warehouse H which documents all things Blanton's including many rare bottles which have been produced.
Horse & Jockey Stoppers
Since the introduction of Blanton's in 1984, the horse and jockey stopper has adorned the bottle. There are 8 poses in total representing the horse and jockey through various stages of a race.
The design of the jockey changed around 1993. The casting was refined with more detail and less material connecting the horse to the base. Early mini bottles (50ml) also had different jockey poses not used in later bottlings.
Beginning in 1999, the letters B-L-A-N-T-O-N-S were added to stoppers near the rear legs of the horse. They are now highly collectable and when assembled spell out B-L-A-N-T-O-N-S along with the stages of the horse race. Frequently they are displayed on stands or barrel staves specifically designed to hold the stoppers.
If you collect all 8 stoppers you can send them to Buffalo Trace Distillery who will mount them on a barrel stave for free. WarehouseH.com is not affiliated with Buffalo Trace, however, I'm happy to provide their contact information.
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