Balcones is a craft distiller in Waco Texas(Sic Em Bears!) that actually distills their own juice and makes some great, if young, products. In a world of NDPs marketing as local products it’s great to get to try some actual local juice.
Age: 2 years 4 months
Abv: 100 proof
Mashbill: 100% Blue Corn
Color: A deep reddish amber
Nose: Sweet, cinnamon and juicy citrus notes comes together almost like one of those orange cinnamon rolls with a touch of burn
Taste: More citrus and cinnamon notes and the sweetness from the nose becomes more of a caramel
Finish: Medium length with big cinnamon notes though it is a little hot for me
Nose: Softer and sweet with caramel and citrus notes
Taste: Very similar to the neat taste with an improved mouthfeel all citrus, cinnamon and caramel
Finish: Slightly tamed from the neat finish with some more sweetness to balance the hot cinnamon
Is it a little young and a little hot? Sure. Is it a bit expensive for what is? Probably. Is it a great craft whiskey from a local distiller. Definitely. I’m a big fan of Balcones in general and can’t wait to try some of their newer releases and some more aged releases as they continue to mature.
7 - a great whiskey I’d order at a bar
Fair - Worth the money, happy with my purchase