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  1. #1
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    Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    Big kudos to the great folks at Balcones for their recent barrel full of awards - and some awesome press in the New York Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/di...laim.html?_r=0

    When I first discovered this brand about 2 years ago, I never imagined how far they'd go - and how good their stuff would be. The number of honors Chip Tate (owner/master distiller) has collected over the last 6-12 months is impressive (http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/11...istillery.html)

    I've had the chance to get to know Chip and visit the distillery a few times (even though it's nearly 2 hours away) over the last year or so and can honestly say he's one of the nicest, brightest guys in the booze business I've met.

    Just so that this post has some practical purpose other than kudos to Chip & Balcones, here's my tasting notes on the most recent batch of Balcones Single Malt:

    Nose: fruity & floral, but solid elements of baking spice. I'd never confuse this with Scotch, but clearly not a bourbon or rye. I can tell it's malt vs. corn, but just barely.

    Palate: Rich, caramel bomb - loads of cloves, cinnamon and hints of tannic oak that offset the overt sweetness of the barley. Nothing cloying about it, but it's not bitter either. In many ways it calls to mind the best elements of a solid wheated bourbon, but then you get just the slightest hints of smoke and char that mingle quite differently than they would with bourbon. Mouthcoating and delicious. Very subtle tingle on the mid-palate from alcohol.

    Finish: lingering and coating. The spirit won't give up. It sticks around, but doesn't overstay its welcome. Nice heat in the back of the throat (more from cinnamon or pepper than from alcohol per se).

    Overall: This is what you'd expect from an American (or more importantly a Texan's...) single malt. It's rich and powerful, loaded with rich caramel, cinnamon, doughy and grainy flavors. It's not a sophisticated pour - it's got vibrancy and energy, but not to the point where a purely Scotch drinker will be turned off, but it's got enough "oomph" to satisfy even the most devout CS Bourbon drinker.

    Score: 91

    Keep up the great work, ya'll! And for those of you (like me...) who thought all craft whiskey was bad... Get some Balcones, you won't be sorry (oh - and MB Roland, McCarthys, & Corsair are all pretty good too).

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    Re: Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    Will have to keep an eye out for it.

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    Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    Agree Tim. Congrats to Chip, Winston, and the whole crew over there in Waco! Well done lads and keep up the great work!!!
    Josh

    "The last time I turned down a whiskey, I didnít understand the question."

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    Re: Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    yep, absolutely love the baby blue. great stuff.

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    Re: Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    I've got Brimstone and True Blue, both good pours.

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    Re: Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    Tim, a man after my own heart.

    World domination is definitely on the bucket list, but we have a series of other activities to accomplish first. Keep an eye out for our 5th Anniversary series

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    Re: Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    Welcome aboard Balcones Winston, drop by more often.

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    Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    Congrats Winston, Chip and all those at Balcones. For a small distillery you guys are making a big impact

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    Re: Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    Thanks guys. We aim to please!

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    Re: Balcones: Next stop, world domination?

    revisting the single malt after a few months and at first i thought it was good but average. it's been sitting on my shelf with a few pours out and it looked neglected. i like it much more than i remembered. malty, pear, vanilla, and brown sugar are what i come out for me. hats of to balcones, loving brimstone and apparently loving 1 as well.
    "We're still here. Scarred but here. But then again, we were invincible then."

 

 

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