Toasted oak | Light smoke | Chocolate bark | Ripe summer fruits | Hard butterscotch candies | Soft and inviting
Grape skin | Grilled peaches | Light leather | Earthy | Charred wood | Vanilla | Light butterscotch | Full of subtle flavors
Light oak | Dry vanilla | Light tobacco | Light leather | Light and lingering
Balcones Mirador is an annual release that uses a blend of malt whiskeys aged in used barrels. This imparts less dominant oak flavors than you’d see with new charred oak barrel aging, instead allowing the whiskey to develop more nuanced flavors. This is Texas in a glass, instantly transporting me to a field on a hot summer Texas day. It’s easy drinking for the proof, and each sip allows you to pull out more flavors. The bottle being reviewed is from Batch MIR 20-1 with what looks like a (faded) stated date of 3.9.20.