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Balcones Distilling Texas Pot Still Bourbon

Thine nose deceiveth

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

30th Sep 2022


Balcones Distilling Texas Pot Still Bourbon
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  • Finish
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Picked up a glass set from last holiday season of this Balcones Pot Still Bourbon. I've had samples from this distillery before of some higher proof offerings and thought their product was generally good.

The mash bill here is Blue Corn, Texas Wheat, Texas Rye, and Malted Barley (Undisclosed amounts for all). Curious about the blue corn. The white corn recipe from Big Machine distillery was certainly different, in a nice, fresh way.

Batch TPSB21-3 Bottling Date: 8-13-21 Neat in a Glencairn.

Nose: Pleasant nose of raspberry, chocolate, raisin, peanut brittle, and oak. A bit underpowered at 46% abv but not overly so.

Palate: Oaky, quite oaky. Much more oak than I was expecting. Some "barn" flavors (leather, hay, dust?). "Higher pitched" than the nose led on. Chewing brings out some of the raspberry I got earlier, along with something slightly astringent that isn't all that pleasant but it's not overpowering. The nose promised something that it certainly didn't deliver.

Finish: A bit sour and pickle-y on the finish.

Overall: Things start off well but go downhill after the nose. Not my favorite and not one I'll but again. I know they have the ability to make good whiskey because I've had some of their more premium products, but this certainly isn't my favorite.

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sailorman commented

I found it underwhelming too. There was something in the blue corn recipe that I did not like. No mellow “corniness”. Curiously, the Balcones Lineage is something completely different worth trying: buttery, plum notes.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

casualtorture commented

@sailorman Completely agree, lack of mellow and something kind of 'sharp.'

I think I sampled a few single barrel barrel proof Balcones and remember them fondly. Can't recall the mash bill.

about one year ago 0

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