Overall rating
87.69/100
votes
79
Whiskybase ID
WB179756
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Venomous Snakes
Vintage
21.12.2017
Bottled
23.03.2021
Stated Age
03 years old
Casktype
American Oak first fill barrel
Casknumber
19264
Number of bottles
195
Strength
62.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
25 mar 2021 12:53 pm by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 85.91

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98 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balcones 2017 Arc

22 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.69 points.

  1. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    86 Score 89 / 86 / 83 is based on adding a shitload of water
    without water is 85 ( 88 / 83 / 84 )
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

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  3. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the 5th Whiskey Tasting Festival, September 2021, what a powerhouse to end a great festival!

    red fruits, popcorn, sweet spices. vanilla, caramel, very warming on the mouth!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Jackson05 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Its actually impressive how much wood they got into this in 3 years. Did they pour it through sawdust? Its actually not too bad, but I think a little overrated. massive cherries, cola, Dr Pepper. huge and unnecessary, but maybe that's the point

  6. g2ther scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. naakster scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

  8. Lerraa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

  9. SimonOHA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A real favorite.
    Blindly, you never guess that it's only 3 years old. Maybe even the first time I like such a young whiskey.

    Cherry, cola, prunes, wood, a little nuts. The 63% are a bit strong at the start but with water it is perfect.

    Impressive for the age and incredible value for money, superb selection.

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    Too young, too rough, not my favorite
    • Nose
      82 82
      Earthy, mushrooms, wet tobacco, red fruits, nutty, some toasted bread, little raisins
    • Taste
      83 83
      Oily, creamy, punchy, subtle sweetness, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, little liquorice, hints of charred oak, red fruits, spices, pepper, hints of leather, again little earthy
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long, burning, spicy

  11. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Candied fruits, coconut, cereals, maple syrup, some oiliness, cinnamon, nutmeg, well balanced, a bit too sweet for my taste

  12. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Candied fruits and malt. Very drying.

  13. whiskytornado scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. GJR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Superb for the age. Bellec concentration but it's still simple.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Quite closed nose, with a little bitumen.
      Cocoa powder, van Houten. Macerated plum, black cherry.
      Grape seed. Light coconut.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the mouth the alcohol is very well integrated.
      Leather, shoe polish cream.
      A dry oak, with hazelnuts, pepper, a little diesel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long finish on tube alcohol.
      Plum, dark cherry, 80% chocolate.
      Light floral and vanilla.
      The tire returns to feedback.

  16. Tastingbros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Full review here: https://tastingbros.com/2021/06/13/the-snake-of-texas/
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. boozegeeksouth scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    After a panel of five other Balcones releases, this is by far my favorite. Rich and balanced with cinnamon and fruits with the oak very present but in check, this is something I'd happily buy a bottle of.

  18. MikerG2k scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Normally 89 points, but because he is only 3 years old and so incredibly tasty +1 extra. Awesome for only 3 years old !!

  22. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Whiskeybase newsletter & shop info:

    "We have selected a stunning Balcones Single Malt for our newest range, the "Venomous Snakes". A distillery that's known to produce powerful, progressive, and adventurous whiskies. Just like the Coral Snake printed on the label.

    Let's forget about age for a second. Because this Balcones is explosive. With notes of dark cherries, Old Dutch cinnamon sweets, cocoa, and ahorn-syrup, this Texas Single Malt is big, powerful, and muscular.

    The first Texas Single Malt released under the Archives label, and it is a flavour bomb! Old dutch cinnamon sweets, cherries, figs and cacao on the nose with hints of red apple skin. In the mouth a very thick and creamy flavour of ahorn sirup, cherries."

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