Balcones Brimstone Smoked Corn Whiskey
Balcones Brimstone is made by mashing and fermenting the corn, and distilling the resulting wash twice through Tate's copper-pot stills. Following distillation, Tate smokes the distillate — the whisky that is produced after distillation but before maturation — with sun-baked Texas scrub oak using a proprietary process that remains a closely-guarded secret. While a number of distilleries smoke grains prior to distilling them — peated Scotch, for instance, is made by smoking barley over a peat flame — Tate smokes the distillate that is produced after the wash passes through the still. The proprietary process results in a whisky that has a unique flavor profile — the Texas scrub oak adds notes of bacon, barbecue and pulled pork to the whisky. The notes of barbecue and brisket are bold but not overpowering. Rather, they complement flavors of chili pepper, brown sugar, cinnamon and graham crackers. After the distillate is smoked, it is aged in lightly charred, American oak barrels before each bottle is filled and labeled by hand. Balcones Brimstone earned a score of 95.5 points from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible and the title "Best in Category" at the American Distilling Institute Competition in 2012.
"We're trying to do something that's novel," says Tate, noting that Brimstone is one of only a few blue corn whiskies available on the market. "More importantly, we're trying to do something that's authentic."
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|Proof||106 (53% ABV)|
|Distiller/Bottler Name||Balcones Distillery|
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