Balcones Fifth Anniversary Texas Straight Malt Whisky–Sweet
Balcones Distillery, Waco, Texas; Singlemalt; NAS; 57.5% ABV; Barrel #2653; Bottle 136 of 181; Bottled December, 20 2013
by Sean Fousheé
This release is part of Balconesâ€™ limited (and they do mean limited) release of five single barrel expressions to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Distilleryâ€™s operations. Among this bottling of Straight Single Malt, the Fifth Anniversary series includes two releases of Texas Straight Bourbon; a special, one-off version of their Brimstone, named Resurrection; and a second bottling of Straight Single Malt that was finished in the Resurrection cask (apply designated as Straight Single Maltâ€”Smoke).
All of Balconesâ€™ single malt batches are grain to glass, twice distilled in traditional copper pots which were hand crafted by Balconesâ€™ Head Distiller, Chip Tate. Tate, whom interned at the Bruichladdich Distillery, distills his whiskies in the traditional Scottish-style, which includes the use of imported Golden Promise malted barley from a small farm in the UK. The traditional distilling methods are the foundation upon which Tate has crafted a unique wood program to utilize the Texas heat in the maturation process which he hopes will create a new category of brown spirits: Texas Whisky.
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