SBC #33, 34, 35: Balcones Chuck Norris Series

Breaking Bourbon Award Winning Single Barrel Club picks are selected by Breaking Bourbon, and whenever possible with the help of Patreon supporters. The bottles are made available to Patreon supporters first by pledge tier. If any bottles remain after all supporters have had an opportunity to purchase, they are made available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Each barrel is sponsored by a retailer partner, who sells the bottles directly to end purchasers.

SBC #33 Balcones Blue Corn Barrel Proof “Chuck Norris Doesn't Need to Drink Whiskey”

Retailer Partner: Keg N Bottle

Classification: Marriage of Corn Whiskeys Finished in an Ex-Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel

Company: Balcones

Distillery: Balcones

Age: 3 Years 11 Months

Proof: 121.6

Mashbill: 100% Corn

Yield: 186 Bottles

Release Date: December 2020

SBC #34 Balcones Rye Barrel Proof “When Chuck Norris Goes Whiskey Hunting”

Retailer Partner: Keg N Bottle

Classification: Straight Rye Whiskey

Company: Balcones

Distillery: Balcones

Age: 2 Years 11 Months

Proof: 128

Mashbill: 100% Rye

Yield: 150 Bottles

Release Date: December 2020

SBC #35 Balcones Single Malt Barrel Proof “When Chuck Norris Looks at a Single Barrel Whiskey”

Retailer Partner: Keg N Bottle

Classification: Straight Malt Whiskey

Company: Balcones

Distillery: Balcones

Age: 3 Years 8 Months

Proof: 135

Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley

Yield: 168 Bottles

Release Date: December 2020

Single Barrel Club Rollout Schedule

Simultaneous Rollout with SBC #28

$25 - Tuesday 12/15/2020 @ 2PM ET

$14 - Thursday 12/17/2020 @ 2PM ET

$7 - Monday 12/21/2020 @ 2PM ET

$3, $2, $1 - Wednesday 12/23/2020 @ 2PM ET


For this pick, we partnered with Keg N Bottle out of California. A California retailer, Keg N Bottle was established in 1981 and has been in business for over 30 years. Keg N Bottle is known for strategically engineered “Liquor Walls” and “Beer Caves.” They carry every different type of liquor imaginable, a wine for every occasion, 1,500 different beers to make you “hoppy,” and over 1,250 different kegs to choose from. Additionally, Keg N Bottle offers national delivery of every single item from their massive selection.

Balcones barrel picks allows consumers access to one-off products that you’d normally never get to try. These barrels all have a slight twist to them and all are bottled at barrel proof. For these picks, Balcones pulled out the big guns and gave us access to some truly unique barrels to choose from - 9 total and it was quite a variety. In the end we chose three whiskeys with very unique backgrounds, and even more unique flavor profiles. 

The sticker background is simple. Balcones is located in Texas. Chuck Norris was the Texas Ranger. You don’t mess with Texas….or Chuck Norris. The end result is a mashup of Chuck Norris versus Whiskey. Guess what? Chuck Norris kicks Whiskey’s ass. And Whiskey loves it. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as we do!

Tasting Notes

SBC #33 Balcones Blue Corn Barrel Proof - This barrel was made up of different barrels that were married into a barrel that previously held Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Nose:  Oak | Vanilla | Corn | Twinge of brown sugar | Classic scents that aren’t the corn forward blast you’d expect

Palate: Sweet sugars | Oak | Vanilla | Baking Spice | Light Corn | Wonderful balance of sweet and spicy

Finish: Baking spice | Dry underlying vanilla | Leather | Tobacco leaf | Earthy | Bold dry oak | Dry flavors interweave with undertones of sweetness as the sip fades

SBC #34 Balcones Rye Barrel Proof - This rye was aged in new American oak with a toast profile that often exhibits and imparts ‘heavy smoke’

Nose: Roasted malt | Syrup | Baking chocolate | Hint of mint 

Palate: Heavy chocolate malt | Baking chocolate | Spicy Mexican chocolate | A chocolate lovers delight

Finish: Chocolate malt | Chocolate syrup | Hint of oak | Lingering warming rye spice 

SBC #35 Balcones Single Malt Barrel Proof - This distillation was the first run after a Peated Malt run. It was aged in a used European oak cask (before this malt it previously held malt, and before that Balcones Rum) 

Nose: Light malt | Canned peaches | Hay | Graham Cracker | Touch of smoke | Light overall

Palate: Malt | Oak | Light caramel | Heavy baking spice | Nice mouthfeel

Finish: Oak | Light leather | Hints of malt | Simmering heat

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Written By: BB Team

December 13, 2020
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