When you visit the Balcones website, you can read the following: ” Handcrafted, small batch spirits lovingly made in the distillery we built with our own hands”.
Balcones is celebrating it’s 5th year anniversary this year …. and in cooperation with the Whisky Wire there was a Twitter tasting on August 28th to celebrate. Unfortunately something came up for me that evening. For that reason I shared, nosed and tasted the 5 sample bottles with my partner … one per evening.
- Baby Blue
- ‘1’ Texas Single Malt
- True Blue 100
- 5th Anniversary Texas straight Bourbon
I’ve nosed and tasted the row in the order you can see above. From 1-5.
1. Baby Blue
If that doesn’t make you curious, what does.
- Color: Heavy gold.
- Nose: Soft, traces of vanilla, tropical fruit (Banana, pineapple), chopped caramel, baking butter, salty, sweetness, signs of wood, raisins, sunflower seeds.
- Taste: Smooth, creamy, vanilla, caramelized dried fruit, raisins.
- Finish: Medium, nice warm and sweet at the end.
(Balcones are unquestionably the masters of big whisky in the USA outside of Kentucky and Tennessee. — Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2013)
‘1’ Texas Single Malt
Texas made, Texas proud. A unique style of malt whisky made with Golden Promise barley and born from hundreds of years of distilling tradition, transformed by a deep sense of place.
- Color: Smooth dark gold.
- Nose: Cookies, raisins, traces of cinnamon, sweet honey, citrus, fresh banana, tropical and sweet like a candy store.
- Taste: Traces of fresh wipped cream, cinnamon and raisins again. A hint of sweet honey sweetness, winter leafs, tropical fruit, banana and orange and salty nuts
- Finish: Nice, smooth and long.
(The Award-Winning, Original Texas Whisky. A delicious malt that needs a lot of time and chewing. — Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2012)
True Blue 100
100 proof roasted bleu corn whisky sibling of baby blue, but deeper …
- Color: Amber dark gold.
- Nose: Dried fruit (potpourri, a mixture of dried plants), traces of wood, Sugar (after mixed with yoghurt), sweet honey, smooth exotic, silky and buttery.
- Taste: Traces of fresh chopped nuts, dried fruit like apple and citrus, golden honey, hints of tropical flavor (pineapple), hot brown sugar, honey, a bit woody and fresh baked cake.
- Finish: Smooth, lingering and long.
(… seduces you and caresses more tenderly than you could ever believe … Believe me: a Texas star is born. — Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2013)
A smoky corn whisky, a Texan oak fire they I’ve read.
- Color: Smoky gold.
- Nose: Smoky, burned charcoal, raisins, hot sugar spread on just baked cookies, traces of sweet honey in hot porridge, BBQ chips.
- Taste: Traces of smoky roasted meat, hints of lovely hot peppers on the tongue, brown sugar and honey in just made porridge, minced burned wood and BBQ flavored chips again.
- Finish: peppery, long and spicy with a bite.
(… one can only stand back and applaud. — Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2012)
5th Anniversary Texas straight Bourbon
In celebrating of the 5th year anniversary of the Distillery, the Texan Straight Bourbon has been released.
- Color: Lovely dark gold.
- Nose: Traces of fresh chopped flowers, vanilla, honey, spicy, sweet, fruitiness ( pears, apple banana), hints of some anise in milk, dried chopped leafs, and clove
- Taste: dried fruit, peppery, traces of caramel, baked nuts, Sticky candy (like toffee hovering at the back of the tongue)
- Finish: sweet toffeecoffee with traces of toffee, nice and long.
(… Just 10 bottles were be available in the UK)
With the range of this lovely 5 surprises of Balcones, I’m stunned. How Chip Tate and his team managed to create something marvelous. If you ever have a chance to try one of these 5 surprises of Balcones, my advise is; don’t hesitate and just do and enjoy.
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