Balcones “1” Texas Single Malt Whisky Classic Edition 53% alcohol, batch SM 15-3, bottled 3/10/15. This is made from 100% malted barley, thus a single malt, just like our friends in Scotland.
Despite my extreme displeasure with the Balcones Baby Blue, I thought it only fair to try them one more time. Unfortunately I should have gone with my initial impression and not given them a second chance.
Color is very attractive dark Amber, no age statement on the bottle, but certainly looks 5-7 years.
Nose: The first whiff smacks me with alcohol, just like the Baby Blue, again with a young whiskey potency to it. I go again and get a little bit of rotted apples, sawdust, raisin bran and hot asphalt. My initial reaction is that I’m a bit bummed I spent $75 on this. There is just too much piercing heat on the nose for a 53% aged whiskey of what is supposed to be high quality.
Will the palate will redeem my purchase? No. The taste is better than the smell, and there is a bit of oily consistency to it that lingers, but not in a way that I’m really enjoying. I do get some baking spices and butterscotch on the finish, but more heat than anything. I need to add some water.
Adding a few drops of distiller\d water makes the experience a little more bearable, but not yet enjoyable.
If you are looking for a single malt whisk(e)y, there exist dozens of scotches at much lower price points that are far more enjoyable than this. Perhaps I should rate Macallan 12 soon… As it never disappoints. Overall this isn’t that bad of a whiskey, and if it was only $15, I might even have granted a fair rating. But given all the accolades and awards and crazy high scores, not to mention how much I paid for this, the expectations were just higher. I’m giving this a score of 75/100 and I’d like my money back.
Who continues to rate these guys so highly and award them double golds and 95s? Perhaps the Emperor has no clothes?