Balcones Distilling Launches First-of-its-Kind American Single Malt

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WACO, TEXAS – July 13, 2020 – Balcones Distilling announced today the newest member of its iconic Texas Single Malt line. As one of the pioneers of the emerging American Single Malt category, Balcones is expanding its prestigious roster of whiskies with the launch of a new year-round Texas Single Malt expression.

Balcones Lineage Texas Single Malt is a marrying of the traditional Scotch Single Malts that have long been an inspiration to the brand while innovating with new approaches to grain and maturation that celebrate Texas provenance. Lineage is made using a combination of Simpsons Golden Promise malted barley from Scotland as well as malted barley grown in the high plains of Texas. The spirit is then matured both in new oak barrels, as is the tradition with most American Whisky, and refill (or used) oak barrels, the more common approach with Single Malt tradition. By taking cues from two distinct approaches to maturation and malted barley, Lineage expresses Balcones’ appreciation of where whisky has been and where it can go in the future.  

"Whether it is unique flavor or process innovation, we are always striving to contribute something new to the whisky conversation,” said Jared Himstedt, head distiller at Balcones Distilling. “By combining new & old world ingredients, process, and maturation approaches, we have created something entirely new, and in doing so, we are hoping to push the American Single Malt category forward.”

The new expression joins the rest of Balcones’ highly-acclaimed Texas Single Malt line, including the flagship year-round Texas “1” and the brand’s many limited release expressions including Mirador, Peated, Fr.Oak, Texas Single Malt Rum Cask Finished, High Plains, Brujeria, and Single Barrel Private Selections.  

On the nose, Lineage is sweet and indulgent with notes of mulled cider, cream soda, bruised bananas, and peaches. On the palate, the whisky features carmalized sweetness, soft oak, manuka honey, chestnuts, and a hint of red wine reduction. The late palate transitions into a finish of tea tree, black tea, and a hint of cinnamon.

Balcones Lineage Texas Single Malt retails for $39.99 and will be available at retailers across Texas and at Balcones Distillery in Waco, Texas beginning in August, 2020. Lineage will then be available in additional states outside of Texas beginning in 2021.

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About Balcones Distilling

Driven by a passion to create something original and authentic, Balcones Distilling marries centuries of distilling tradition with the bold flavors of Texas. Balcones is synonymous with quality and innovation in the whisky industry, known for emphasizing high-quality ingredients and drawing influences from all over Texas. To date, the distillery has earned over 350 national and international tasting awards and accolades for their whiskies and spirits. Balcones will be available in all 50 states by the end of 2020 and is one of the fastest-growing whisky brands in the country.

Balcones distills all of its beloved spirits inside the historic Texas Fireproof Storage Company building in downtown Waco. At the heart of the distillery are four copper pot stills built by Forsyths, considered some of the best artisans in Scotland. Guests can now visit and tour the facility, with tastings and events held regularly, and see why Balcones is always Distilled to Appreciate. Visit for more information.

published by: BBTEAM

July 13, 2020
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