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Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon

CAPSULE REVIEW

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Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Balcones Distilling

Distillery: Balcones Distilling

Release Date: Ongoing

Proof: 92

Age: 2 Years

Mashbill: Blue Corn, Texas Wheat, Texas Rye, and Malted Barley (Undisclosed amounts)

Color: Mahogany

MSRP: $33 (2021)

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NOSE

Roasted chestnuts | Root beer | Molasses | Burnt caramel | Brown sugar

palate

Pecan | Cream soda | Molasses | Gingerbread

finish

Chocolate malt | Roasted malt | Fudge | Toasted oak | Smoke

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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.

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

December 8, 2021
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