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After mashing, they slowly ferment at cool temperatures for seven days. Their fermentation process, which takes nearly twice as long as most other distilleries and is done at much lower temperatures, ultimately produces a richer, smoother whisky. After distillation, they age the whisky using a unique barreling process. "The main difference between Balcones and other single malts," they explain, "is the barreling. The cooperage we use and the care we put into blending and reblending the casks defines a lot of what makes our malt what it is. All of the barrels used are bespoke casks made from fully yard-aged oak with custom toast and char profiles."
Then there's their Baby Blue Corn Whisky — another type of beast entirely. It is the first blue corn whisky made in Texas since Prohibition. The expression was crafted by Icons of Whisky America 2019's Master Distiller of the Year Jared Himstedt. Crafted from a mash bill of 100% blue corn, sourced from a Midwest co-op, the bourbon is aged in new charred oak for 2 to 3 years and bottled at cask strength.
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Situated in Texas where the extreme and rapid temperature swings make the barrels "breathe" much faster, Balcones Distilling started as a passion project in an old Texas weldin shop in 2009. Today, this is one of the most unique, grain to glass craft distilleries out there. Using only the best of ingredients from blue corn grown in New Mexico to the first malted barley grown in Texas and handmade Scottish Forsyths copper-pot stills, Balcones pays special attention to the barrels. They consider oak to be an ingredient in whisky as well and their barrels are all customized. Balcones whisky is aged in several barrel types for a more complex flavor profile. Besides Balcones whisky which is adored for its bold and intense flavors, they also make rum.
There are not many things more American than bourbon, and although most of it is produced in Kentucky, it can be produced all over the USA. It must be made with at least 51% corn and bottled at 40% ABV or higher. So why not give this American classic a try?
The nose is green and malty, with caramel, vanilla, pumpkin, and custard. Caramel, buttermilk, and dried fruit enter the fray on the creamy palate, along with a touch of brine. The slightly warming finish is satisfyingly long with a lingering salted caramel note.