I for one, very much enjoy Chip's personality - he's outspoken and passionate. While it may seem gruff at times, you won't find too many other folks with his position in the industry who are still passionate about trying new whisk(e)y and other drinks and finding ways to make his stuff even better.
Some of the finest new make I've had comes from Chip's still - the fact I can drink his mash & new make and actually enjoy it says something!
Glad to have you on the forum, Chip - and thanks for clarifying! (FWIW: Having had multiple off the shelf bottlings of Brimstone from the very beginning, I can honestly say that it's done nothing but improve from an already really great whisky!).
Got a bottle on the way. Can't wait. FWIW I suspect that all passionate distillers have a "hot streak" and this board has a way of bringing it out from time to time
"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero"
The Whiskey Leprechaun delivered a Balcones Brimstone Barrel 1200 "Burned Barrel" sample the other day. It's a non-production sample and clocked in at 48%. I tasted this blind and wasn't told what it was until after the fact. My thoughts....
Color: Light amber.
Nose: An immediate blast of bacon bits. Smoked salmon and a whiff of burnt rubber. More bacon bits, like the artificial ones you put on salads. Yum!
Taste: Hickory smoked beef jerky with a hint of BBQ sauce. Crisp bacon followed by notes of A1 steak sauce. Oily and fat, bacon grease. ‹ber mouth coating. Transitions quickly from start to finish but damn it's bold!
Finish: Smoked wood chips. Grilled steak. A bit of char on the back end. Burnt oak.
Rating: This is a meat-lovers whiskey! Bacon, steak, grease, and fat....I can feel my arteries clogging already! What a unique pour. I'm scoring this one a 92.
"The last time I turned down a whiskey, I didnít understand the question."
I just bought a bottle of True Blue, bottled 9/12/11. It tastes a lot like smoky tequila. I don't give a rat's ass how many awards it's won, it's a strong tequila flavor to me, and a huge waste of money in my house. Obviously, such a strong opinion may be an outlier. Thus, if you're in DC, just PM me and I'll pour you some so you can make your own decision. I'm disgusted by the price and how boring it is.
As part of his Craft Whiskey Week, sku samples Brimstone and offers his thoughts.
I have an opened bottle and am trying hard to make it last until I and get my hands
on a couple more. The smoky flavors didn't do much for me this summer but I think
the upcoming colder months will have me reaching for the Brimstone with greater
Originally Posted by ggilbertvaOriginally Posted by Ryan