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Balcones Distilling in Waco, Texas 'imports' blue corn from New Mexico to make this unaged undiluted True Blue corn whiskey from 100% mash of Blue Corn. They also make a version named Baby Blue aged for 4 months in miniature new oak barrels, and bottled at 46% ABV. The natural pigment of the blue corn gives this unaged spirit an aged-whisky-like colouration. True Blue is sold at undiluted distillation strength (it would be 'barrel proof' if there were barrels involved). The reviewed sample was from Batch TB10-7, which was bottled on 22 Oct 2010 at 61.8% ABV/123.6 proof.
Nose: moderate corn nose which has a deeper character than that from either white or yellow sweet corn. The nose is very slightly sour, but much less so than is typical from new make corn whiskey.
Taste: very big flavour, distinctively of blue corn, which is deeper than other corn varieties. Initial sourness gives way to a balance of sweetness and slight sourness which, very interestingly, tastes as though it has been aged in new wood, for, maybe, six months. There is nothing here, though, except for the blue corn to give these flavours. This is quite interesting and different in the category of taste sensations.
Finish: These flavours linger a long time and the sweetness fades out to a very mild sourness, with the blue corn flavour intact until the end.
Balance: Tasting this whiskey represents for me a further exploration of the taste of grains without additional variables added to the equation. In my opinion, corn, especially, is so weak and subtle in flavour that it is virtually untastable if its flavours are combined with oak, rye, or wheat. For nothing but the pure taste of one sub-variety of grain going on here, there is a lot of complexity in the True Blue. Personally, I prefer the brighter flavours of white or yellow corn to the flavour of blue corn, but, that said, this is a very interesting new whiskey to add to your mouth's encyclopedia of tasting experiences. This is quite pleasant to drink if you like the experience of new whiskies without the influence of wood.