The Schtick: This is a single malt whisky produced by Balcones in Texas, USA. It is “yard aged” in ex-bourbon barrels for an unspecified period of time.
This is Day #20 in the Craft Whiskey Crackdown. Here is the terrain covered thus far:
- Day 1, Big House Bourbon
- Day 2, Kings County Bourbon
- Day 3, Johnny Drum Private Stock
- Day 4, John J. Bowman Single Barrel
- Day 5, Rye Royal 20yr
- Day 6, Big Bottom Bourbon
- Day 7, Copper Pony Rye, 6mo
- Day 8, Hayes Parker Bourbon, 6mo
- Day 9, Winchester Rye, 6mo
- Day 10, Winchester Straight Bourbon, 2yr
- Day 11, Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon
- Day 12, Willett Pot Still
- Day 13, Hooker’s House Sonoma Style High Rye Pinot Noir Finished Bourbon
- Day 14, Knox Whiskey Works 70/30 Single Barrel, MC”s Selection
- Day 15, Homestead Barrel Proof
- Day 16, Boondocks Cask Strength American Whiskey
- Day 17, Old Forge Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon, McScrooge’s Selection
- Day 18, David James 10yr Straight American Whiskey
- Day 19, 1816 Chattanooga Cask Whiskey McScrooge’s Selection
- Day 20, Virgin Bourbon 7yr
Distiller: Balcones (Texas)
ABV: 53% ABV
Nose: Floral and fragrant. Musty cardboard. Lots of ethanol. Caramel and some faint sweetness.
Taste: Medium to thick mouth feel. Really reasonable heat on the palate. Musty wood, but not overwhelming. Caramel, raisin bread, toffee, oak and some cocoa. Faint tobacco.
Finish: Short, some heat, caramel and oak. Nice tobacco. No real musty or craft notes on the palate (hallelujah). Other than the heat, this seems perfectly alright.
Overall: Overall, I’m a bit impressed by this. I expected young, hot crafty and the only real offense I am seeing here is a bit more heat than I’d like.
Thanks for reading!