Monday, March 1, 2021

Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky

Hi, I'm SJ and welcome to my blog - Single Malt Lives. Today I am reviewing Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky. It goes in my Bottom Shelf. Needless to say, I love samplers. You get to taste a little before actually investing in the whole bottle which you might not like. 

In today's blog I intend to share the following information which will be useful to you- 
-History behind this whisky
- Tasting notes
- SJ's Rating
- SJ's Pro tip

It's website says they started distilling from 2009 and the idea started in 2008 in a old welding shop under a bridge. Fairly new for a whisky distiller. 
Reads the product label , A timeless style of single malt whisky, Balcones No.1 breathes new life into centuries of distilling tradition with classic techniques and ingredients adopted for new world tastes. 

Vital Stats- Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky 
Price- $59.99 for 750ml ($4.99 for 50 ml pictured sampler)
Age- At least 22 months so roughly 2 years 
ABV- 53%
Country of Origin- TX,USA
Distillery/Company- Balcones Distilling, Waco,TX
Awards Won- 2013 Gold, New York, United Wine & Spirits Competition among others. I seriously doubt why any award would be given to such bad tasting whisky. 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat, first few sips & then on the rocks
Appearance- Intense earthy dark amber

Aroma- Highly aromatic oak, spices, cinnamon, citrus, vanilla
Flavor- Seems non chill filtered with a real kick. Cant really taste much flavor except oak.
Body- Medium 
Finish- Not smooth but has a little spicy linger
SJ's Rating- Bottom Shelf 
Terrible,I don't see this replacing my regular Scotch. Why? It is not smooth, little too rough around the edges. Since it calls itself single malt, naturally, I could not help but compare it with Scotch. It would take another century or more to get to the standards of Scotch whisky. So they better know what they are doing.  
Occasions- Movie night( Watched "High waters" 2019 movie)
Cocktails- None
SJ's Pro tip- A little club soda or on the rocks would make this whisky a little palatable. 

Some whiskies that I sample are not really that good but I do find the pleasure in revealing the truth and presenting it for the greater good of all drinkers. If you have tried it, let me know your opinion. 
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