Balcones True Blue

Balcones True Blue

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Balcones

Region: Texas

50% ABV

Mashbill: 100% blue corn

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Used casks

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Chestnut brown

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Strong vanilla, caramel, oak, sweet brown sugar, and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Oak, pepper, cinnamon, caramel, burnt wood, and sharp corn

Finish: Medium length and long lasting, oak, vanilla, cherries, and brown sugar, again young sour corn appears.

Thoughts: The nose is absolutely lovely, big rich flavors, and then it’s downhill from there. I like most of the palate and finish, but they are ruined by the sharp and sour notes.

Score: 75 out of 100

 

 

Balcones Texas Single Malt

Balcones Texas Single Malt

Price: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Balcones

Region: Texas

53% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred American oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Oak, port wine, chocolate malt, vanilla, almond paste, sweet barley sugar.

Mouthfeel: Intermediate

Palate/Taste: Chocolate, almond, vanilla cookie, wood, leather, and coffee.

Finish: Medium warmth that builds over time, linger flavors of fortified wine and charred oak.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, The new charred oak makes up for the youth of the spirit.

Score: 81 out of 100