Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Balcones Distilling
Distillery: Balcones Distilling
Release Date: Ongoing
Age: 2 Years
Mashbill: Blue Corn, Texas Wheat, Texas Rye, and Malted Barley (Undisclosed amounts)
MSRP: $33 (2021)
Roasted chestnuts | Root beer | Molasses | Burnt caramel | Brown sugar
Pecan | Cream soda | Molasses | Gingerbread
Chocolate malt | Roasted malt | Fudge | Toasted oak | Smoke
This new addition to Balcones’ lineup follows in the path the company’s Lineage release set forth. With Balcones’ particular style of distilling, their whiskeys have a very distinct taste. This can result in a love it or hate it attitude, though the company’s Lineage release found a very approachable middle ground. Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon is still Balcones through and through, but I was surprised by its approachableness, all while taking a step beyond Linage towards a more classic Balcones taste.
Where Lineage was distilled from 100% malted barley, Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon features undisclosed amounts of roasted blue corn, Texas wheat, Texas rye, and malted barley. This change definitely brings with it a darker flavor profile consisting of pecans, molasses, brown sugar, and fudge. Its 2 year age may seem young, but the company has found the hot Texas heat changes their whiskey much faster than distilleries north of it tend to. That said, there is a touch of youth present, but it nicely contrasts its roasted flavor profile. Balcones continues to surprise with each new release, and at this point, it might be more of a surprise if they didn’t. Texas Pot Still Bourbon might not completely convert those with a hate it attitude toward Balcones’ style, but those that are intrigued by the sound of it, may find a lot to like here.