Balcones Distilling hails from Waco, Texas, and has lengthy targeted on heirloom blue corn varietals of their whiskies (a lot of which we’ve dipped into prior to now together with Child Blue, Brimstone, and True Blue Cask Energy). Roasted blue corn is milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, and matured in used oak on web site on the distillery. (Drinkhacker observe: Given the 100% corn content material, technically the whisky might declare to be bourbon, however for the getting older in used tequila casks as a substitute of recent American oak barrels.)
Balcones’ newest blue corn launch is Massive Child, their first bottled-in-bond providing. For a fast refresher on the bottled-in-bond designation, the whisky have to be produced by a single distiller in a single season, aged a minimal of 4 years (Massive Child is aged 5 years) in a federally bonded warehouse, and launched at 100 proof.
The distillery says that as a “crisp corn whisky, Massive Child 2022 is loaded with glowing minerality, southwestern flavors and a citrusy earthy end. The 100-proof whisky might be loved neat with soda water and agave syrup, or in a salt-rimmed cocktail.” The relatively unconventional profile that it guarantees actually perks one’s ears (and nostril and palate) to what this could presumably quantity to in a glass.
Let’s see what it delivers.
The nostril is kind of vivid however on the astringent facet, with notes of baked pecan, gritty maple syrup sweetness, and a malty agave undertone. The palate kicks off with daring introductions of peat and white pepper, oakiness drenched within the tequila-driven agave accents, lime-forward bitter citrus, and (maybe by energy of suggestion) corn husk. There’s a spiced sweetness within the combine that’s exhausting to position, however I’m going to go along with Mott’s apple juice sprinkled with cinnamon and lemon rind. The end rides on smoky agave oak for some time.
And to resolve the question, the distiller’s reference to “crisp corn whisky” that’s “loaded with glowing minerality” is an apt teaser for what you’ll be able to count on. This can be a spunky pour that’s surprisingly enjoyable and simple to drink, regardless of such a modest contact of sweetness and daring pops of pepper and oak, with the coup de grace supplied by an unexpectedly delicate touchdown of cornflakes and roasted pecans that makes you return for an additional trip on the curler coaster.
B+ / $60 / balconesdistilling.com