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Balcones Distilling Balconies Rye

A beer lovers rye

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@newreverieReview by @newreverie

16th Sep 2018


Balcones Distilling Balconies Rye
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2018 Marks the first year of Balconies Rye. Their rye is unique in it's use of a mixture of different roasts of the rye malt. Here is the recipe description from their website. 100% Rye Mashbill began with Elbon Rye from Northwest Texas accompanied by crystal, chocolate and roasted rye. Driven by constant curiosity, we distilled our Rye in our copper pot stills. My bottle was aged at least 18 months in oak.

Nose: Vanilla, brown sugar, burnt toast. Hint of bananas dipped in chocolate.

Taste: Light and almost effervescent rye notes. Cloying sweetness with layers of chocolate and mint. Vanilla and leather. There is more here too. This is a deep and compex rye.

Finish: More burnt toast with Nutella spread. Baking spices and melted butter. Coffee with sugar and cream.

Final Thoughts: It has been a long time since I've enjoyed a rye this much. I've also had the distillery only cask strength release and it is excellent. Of note is that this rye is very untraditional. The chocolate malted rye stands out and provides the foundation for the rest of the profile. If you are a fan of darker port and stout style beers you will love this.

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cricklewood commented

Thanks for providing a review of this new rye and making such great taste comparisons.

I was curious about this since I heard the whiskycast episode where they launched this at the distillery. I think it was very smart of them to create a 100% rye mashbill using different types of malted and unmalted rye, it's a great way to differentiate the profile of your rye against many others. It reminds me of what Westland is doing for their single-malt.

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