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Balcones Lineage

CAPSULE REVIEW
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Classification: Malt Whiskey

Company: Balcones Distilling

Distillery: Balcones Distilling

Release Date: Ongoing

Proof: 94

Age: 3 Years

Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley

Color: Dark Amber

MSRP: $40 (2020)

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NOSE

Raspberry | Peach | Banana | Cinnamon | Cider | Gentle maltiness

palate

Malt | Peach | Cream soda | Butterscotch | Toffee | Orange Tang | Mellow

finish

Dr. Pepper | Wet oak | Musty | Light dryness | Long malt aftertaste

uniqueness
value
overall

Balcones stakes their reputation on being unique which comes across in everything they do. This of course can make their whiskeys polarizing for their starkness compared to traditional tasting whiskeys. Lineage does a lot to soften this transition. It's still packed full of unusual but compatible flavors, yet this time they’ve toned things down a notch compared to the company’s other whiskeys. Where Balcones’ flavor profiles can often come across as strong, Lineage might be the most approachable Balcones ever, thanks to its all-around mellowness. It's still a malt whiskey. It’s still Balcones. However this might be the gateway whiskey that finally gives people an accessible way into Balcones.

The sample used for this review was provided at no cost courtesy of its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric

November 16, 2020
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