Balcones True Blue Cask Strength

Balcones True Blue Cask Strength 1

Geez, it’s about time I got around to doing another American maltwhiskey. Special thanks to /u/HawkI84, you crazy double-entendre named soul you!

Always did love MASH. Haven’t driven in Oregon/Idaho yet, so I don’t know how they mesh up.

Moving along…

Recently we’ve all heard about the drama down at Balcones. And more of the issues, the loss of the main person, and the fighting that went on. But honestly, the drama really can eclipse the main thing we enjoy, which is how the fucking whisky tastes itself.

So today, I’m reviewing Balcones True Blue Cask Strength. This is an interesting whisky, made from Atole, a Hopi blue corn meal. And no, it doesn’t turn out looking blue. That’d be silly. I don’t want people to think I’m chugging back a big ole Glencairn of Curacao.

They’d think I was (more) insane.

As a corn whisky, it’s over 80% corn. No age statement or designation for age (bottled in bond, straight, an actual number, etc.) That said, it is aged longer than the Baby Blue, of which both are aged in lightly charred new American oak.

Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?

Balcones True Blue Cask Strength 2

Price: N/A in Ontario

Region: Texas

Abv: 57.2%

Batch: 13-3

Colour: Dark woodstain

Nose: Honeycomb cereal, BBQ, blackberries, wood, corn, brown sugar

Starts out right in the childhood. My upper mouth waiting to be scratched by horrible sugar cereal as soon as I smelled this.

It’s a good thing.

After giving it more time to breathe, there was a tartness and some more sweetness to this one. No real nuttiness as you’d expect from Hopi, more so reminded me of BBQ sauce with fruit in it.

Mostly just sweets in the end. Somewhat complex, though kinda cloying.

Taste: Dark brown sugar, cranberry, orange rind, blueberry, licorice, oak

If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was cranberry sauce infused bourbon. And it could be, because… well, it could happen, right? Serve it with some Turkey vodka and a side of sweet potato gin?

Moving along…

The anise/licorice flavour eventually comes out, and it’s quite strong. Though it fits, and this is pretty smooth. The whole thing is really smooth, though very much just cranberry sauce with some anise and oak notes. Not too complex.

Finish: Grass, black cherry, tar, Devonshire cream, tons of ginger, herbal, rich caramel

Big finish. Exactly like a Buffalo grass vodka at the end. Giving it more time (which should be the subtext for this dram), there’s a ton of different flavours, and then they are covered up by ginger. Which is too bad, because

There’s a Jager/Herbal note that ninja’s its way into your mouth. Quite nice.

Conclusion: This is much better than the Baby Blue, that much I’m certain about. It does it’s own thing, and is unique in that way. That all said, it’s mostly sugary until the finish. The finish would be amazing if it wasn’t dominated by ginger.

That all said, it’s still quite smooth, nice to sit back and drink, and unique. Did I mention unique? It’s unique, unlike my repeated jokes. Try it if you have a chance, it’s definitely interesting and done differently than other whiskies out there.


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