Aaaaaaallllll the way back in my first American review on Reddit, I reviewed Balcones Brimstone. Seems like a long time ago now. Also, I didn’t really like it. It was weird. So weird that I’ve avoided Balcones ever since. Problem was the Baby Blue was in my 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die, and as a bit of a completionist about these things, I knew I’d have to try it eventually.
Balcones Baby Blue 46%
Nose: Cardboard. Really, I can't get much past that. A little corn and caramel as it opens up but the cardboard is now wet.
Taste: Some oak, cardboard again, wet and soggy cardboard at that, thin mouthfeel, no balance.
Finish: Medium length. Oak and spice, very boring here. Cardboard and plastic.
Perhaps I was generous with the Brimstone. That was weird, this is boring beyond any reasonable flavour spectrum. This is the lowest score I’ve given something that actually claims to be whisk(e)y, add a few points if you enjoy chewing on carboard.
In all seriousness, I should add that I tried the True Blue as well but didn’t have time to make notes. That was much better, with no cardboard at all.
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American Review #60
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