Review #1515 – Balcones Brujeria

The Schtick: I tried this dram blind, and was given the reveal after submitting notes. This is Balcones Brujeria – an American Single Malt that is finished in Oloroso and PX sherry casks and bottled at cask strength. Let’s see how I did.

Review #1515 | Bourbon Review #654

Distiller: Balcones

Bottler: Balcones

Brand: Balcones

Selection: N/A

ABV: 62.9% ABV

Age: NAS


Nose: Rich tobacco, honey, caramel and molasses. Worth noting the color is just bonkers. Sweet but closed on the nose.

Taste: Thick mouthfeel but oh so hot. Pepper, oak, nice cocoa component with some port notes. Rich currant, syrupy berry and maple. So hot, though.

Finish: Long, but powerful and hot. The sherry character is undeniable, but it’s almost bittering. The pang of tannins, coupled with the heat lead me to believe this is a fairly young malt that’s being wine flogged. It’s not bad, but it’s unbalanced.

Overall: I’m going to guess this is scotch, or a certain international distiller, and it’s 5-11 years old. Heavily sherried, possibly port pipe, at around 60% ABV. It’s worth noting that all of the fruits hide behind a large oaky figure, and it’s bitter. This is revealed to me as Balcones Brujeria, or witchcraft, and it’s about 2 years old and matured in the Texas heat in various dessert wine barrels. I was a little off on proof, fairly off on distiller, but I still feel pretty good about this overall. That said, I wouldn’t buy it.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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