Balcones is a producer built on a foundation of love and passion. As was the distillery ? love and passion present aplenty, the necessary foundation to what would otherwise have been a less than impressive garage-come-shed. The Balcones team built their distillery, including the stills, all by hand. Their premises are located under a bridge in the centre of the city of Waco, Texas. A small-batch craft whisky producer, Balcones was brought into existence by the fervent wish to see a tradition of whisky distillation established in the Lone Star State. These modern day whisky-loving pioneers have brought a wonderful assortment of premium whiskies to life with an astounding degree of independence and endeavour.
The birth of Balcones Whisky
Nothing contributed to the birth of Balcones Whisky more than a passionate wish to build something new. A Texan whisky tradition was the goal, and with due reverence and acknowledgement for the whisky distillation that had taken place in Texas during its history, albeit all rather far back in the memory, the Balcones project got underway. Everything was built by hand, and the distillery has since been honoured on numerous occasions, by numerous bodies, as the distillery of the year. Every drop of Balcones Whisky is as much the product of hand craft as it's possible to be.
Balcones are keen to emphasise that their product is a Texan whisky, as opposed to simply a whisky produced in Texas. You can purchase three of these wonderful craft spirits here in our online shop, so let's take a look at them.
The Balcones Whisky range here at Urban Drinks
Baby Blue Corn Whisky is first up. This was the first whisky to be produced in Texas since the prohibition era, the pheonix of the Texan whisky tradition that Balcones are so keen on. As is of course common in the US, it's based on roasted corn. Its nutty tones and smoky character are complemented by a deliciously viscous mouth feel. British whisky fans stumble across a new favourite with Baby Blue Whisky ? a more than worthwhile experiment.
Balcones Brimstone Texas Scrub Oak Whisky is up next. It's produced in line with Balcones' own unique process for smoking the spirit with scrub oak. This is another corn whisky, full of fresh and light fruity flavours, that nonetheless don't detract from the big and heavy, smoky weight. A long and dry finish rounds off this whisky. It's Texan through and through, and, as with all of Balcones' products, it isn't short of trophies.
Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky is our final offering. This isn't a corn whisky, but rather a single malt that proves that Balcones' distilling talent is adaptable. This malt whisky is delicious and chewy, with a delectable array of sweet and fruity notes, and a long, mildly spiced finish. Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky is a winner, both of countless awards and countless fans, and at a big 53% volume, it makes as big an impression as all of Balcones' products.
Those are the tastes of Texas available for you to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks. Here's to Balcones! Cheers!