November 2018: Balcones Texas Whisky

Balcones is a distillery based in Waco, TX. The brand began distilling in 2009 and quickly made a name for themselves. Balcones currently has six labels, and we poured five of them for this tasting, with the sixth used in our cocktail.

We did this tasting blind, with only our host, Mr. Josh Cary, aware of what each glass contained.

Balcones True Blue 100 Proof Corn Whiskey

Bottle #1: Balcones True Blue 100 Straight Corn Whisky

Proof: 100
Price: $59.99
Purchase Location:

NOSE: butterscotch, caramel, buttery cornbread, wheat bread, very light green raisin, tobacco, Grape Nuts cereal

PALATE: malty, apple skin, wheat bread crust, sugary raisins

FINISH: fig, apple skin, light cocoa

Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey #1

Bottle #2: Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky #1

Proof: 103
Price: $79.99
Purchase Location:

NOSE: earwax, baked cinnamon apples, apple cider vinegar, lemon, boxed stuffing without onions, stale bread

PALATE: loads of apple with more spice than the first bottle, cider, cinnamon sugar.

FINISH: fresh apples, baking spice, cedar, spearmint, dark chocolate

Balcones Texas Rye 100 Proof Whiskey

Bottle #3: Balcones Texas Rye Whisky

Proof: 100
Price: $46.99
Purchase Location:

NOSE: plum and apricot, vinegar, port, green olive, chili pepper, Play-Doh

PALATE: yeast bread, baking soda, flour, powdered sugar, jalapeño, sawdust

FINISH: some smoked chile and paprika, coffee grounds, a bit metallic

Balcones Rumble Whiskey

Bottle #4: Balcones Rumble

Proof: 94
Price: $59.99
Purchase Location:

NOSE: cherry cough drops, fresh pine, gym socks, old wet towel, raspberry tea

PALATE: sawdust, peaches, Nestea, Snapple

FINISH: very quick, candy peach rings

Balcones Brimstone Whiskey

Bottle #5: Balcones Brimstone Whisky

Proof: 106
Price: $67.99
Purchase Location:

NOSE: dry eraser, Sharpie, pencil eraser, new bike tire, rubber, balloons, campfire, unlit match

PALATE: charred wood, new leather, sulfur, burned rubber, Demerara sugar

FINISH: pencil eraser and shavings, pine needle, tree sap

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