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    Re: Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourbon Boiler View Post
    Good Evening Chip. I did want to revisit this statement, but I wanted to wait because I didn't want my question to come off as abraisive or attacking, as I assure you my intent is only to understand. Above in point number two, I added italics and bold type to a statement you made. While I can appreciate that continous improvement is key to the manufacture of any product, how do you balance that with consistancy - particularly on a product that is very subjective and individually biased in grading quality.

    If I were in your position, I would be concerned that someone would love my 2010 version, but after a few "improvements", might not like the 2013 edition nearly as much. Or they might like it equally as well, but notice that it is different and might not "chance it" on future releases. I think I would be concerned that the next batch is the same as the first, not "better" than the first.

    I hope you find time to answer, and again I'm not trying to be critical, only to better understand your operations and the industry in general.
    We still aim to achieve a house profile and while there may be slight variation between batches, I don't believe the change could be so dramatic that it would turn someone away.

    Variation is the nature of small batch and single barrel whiskey. I believe Brown-Forman actively promotes the idea that there will be variation between batches/barrels of WR and JDSB and I don't hear about them losing customers over it

    To that effect, I recently got to do a side by side of our first ever batch of Single Malt (11-1) against the newest (13-2). While I will freely admit there is a difference, I didn't find it to be startling or otherwise disconcerting. The newest batch was an improvement for sure, one I have no doubt a consumer would appreciate. And the first batch was not a bad whisky by any means, I enjoyed both.

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    Re: Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    Brimstone is probably the most divisive product we offer. People either love it or hate it. But truthfully, we're artists, and we desire a strong reaction to our work whether it be negative or positive. Our worst nightmare would be for someone to shrug and say "meh"

    Thankfully, the general reaction has been more positive than negative.

    If anyone hasn't tried it already, I highly recommend mixing with Brimstone. My favorite bar in Dallas, Whiskey Cake, makes something called a "Southern Sass" that involves bell pepper juice, lime juice, cilantro, Tabasco and smoky mescal. I have them substitute Brimstone instead and it's easily one of my favorite cocktails of all time. It also makes a mean Bloody Mary.

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    Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Balcones Winston View Post
    To that effect, I recently got to do a side by side of our first ever batch of Single Malt (11-1) against the newest (13-2). While I will freely admit there is a difference, I didn't find it to be startling or otherwise disconcerting. The newest batch was an improvement for sure, one I have no doubt a consumer would appreciate. And the first batch was not a bad whisky by any means, I enjoyed both.
    How can I tell which batch is what on the Single Malt? It seems that the crew over at Master of Malt picked your SM as their favorite in a head-to-head against some big names:

    http://www.masterofmalt.com/Blog/pos...ards-2012.aspx

    It looks like they had one that was 53% ABV.
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    Re: Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    The batch numbers are hand written on the back of the single malt bottles. They are written year-batch so 11-1 was the first batch of 2011. 13-2 is the latest batch, the second batch of 2013.

    After 12-8, 53% became the standard bottling proof for the single malt.

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    Re: Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Balcones Winston View Post
    We still aim to achieve a house profile and while there may be slight variation between batches, I don't believe the change could be so dramatic that it would turn someone away.

    Variation is the nature of small batch and single barrel whiskey. I believe Brown-Forman actively promotes the idea that there will be variation between batches/barrels of WR and JDSB and I don't hear about them losing customers over it

    To that effect, I recently got to do a side by side of our first ever batch of Single Malt (11-1) against the newest (13-2). While I will freely admit there is a difference, I didn't find it to be startling or otherwise disconcerting. The newest batch was an improvement for sure, one I have no doubt a consumer would appreciate. And the first batch was not a bad whisky by any means, I enjoyed both.
    Thanks for your response. I thought about asking this again in your introduction thread, but I see you've already found it.

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    Re: Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    bringing back a semi-dead topic; but i decided to take a shot and pick up a bottle, having liked balcones single malt offering. i can see why this is very polarizing. for me the nose is of smoky bbq sauce and bacon and the palate goes from smoke first and foremost to jerky/bacon bits and savory corn bread. the finish coats the mouth and stays there...for a long time.

    i'm in the camp that enjoys brimstone. while i can't say that it will be an every day pour for me, i think i'll be keeping it around.
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    Re: Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    It doesn't sound like my cup of tea but the more choices the better I say.

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    Re: Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    All these mentions of bacon and smoke have me hankering to try some, and my mezcal substitution attempts are not quite doing it. Anyone know where it's available in eastern WI? Last time I made a pilgrimage to the milwaukee area, late last year, I found true and baby blue, but no brimstone.

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    Re: Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBoldBully View Post
    All these mentions of bacon and smoke have me hankering to try some, and my mezcal substitution attempts are not quite doing it. Anyone know where it's available in eastern WI? Last time I made a pilgrimage to the milwaukee area, late last year, I found true and baby blue, but no brimstone.

    I'll see what I can find out for you

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    Re: Balcones Brimstone - Texas Scrub Oak Blue Corn Whiskey

    I have a open bottle of Balcones Brimstone. When I taste it, Texas barbeque. I like it.

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