Balcones FR. OAK Texas Single Malt

American Single Malt

Balcones // Texas, USA

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4 out of 5 stars
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This version of Balcones Single Malt is made using 100% Golden Promise barley, a type that had once been popular in Scotland for its depth of flavor, but has been all but replaced by less expensive varieties with higher yield. The barley is slowly fermented at low temperatures to extract its inherent richness and deeper flavor. The whisky is then aged in a progression of custom made barrels of different sizes, in this case American oak barrels an average of 9 months, then blended into French oak barrels for up to an additional 13 months, averaging 22 months per bottle.

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  • American Single Malt
    Made in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
  • Cask Type
    american oak/french oak

Tasting Notes

"There is definitely a signature flavor to Balcones whiskies that is present here - pumpernickel raisin bread - in this case a slice that has been spread with melted brown butter. In the background, flavors of warm spice (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg), citrus peel, black pepper and a puff of charcoal smoke come through. There's a town in Texas called Paris, and now a Texas whisky aged in French oak. Giddyup, n'est-ce pas?"

Score 88

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