Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky '1'

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Classic Edition
Batch SM 20-2
53.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 apr 2021 11:18 pm by Brann

Average value

€ 68.30

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Whisky reviews for Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky '1'

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.38 points.

  1. karloff scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    As a fan of American whiskey, this has always been on my radar,so I thank Peatbogger for the sample and now I can purchase with some confidence.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Looks like a sherry bomb sitting in the glass.
      Bursting with strong flavours, dark fruits, vanilla, cherry ice lolly, red roses, stewed fruits, hints of dark chocolate and coconut.
      I agree with Peatbogger, nosing this you would think it was a bourbon but this is single malt Texas style and that's what I was hoping for.
      With a little bit I had left in the glass I added a few drops of water and it just brought out more of the vanilla.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Chewy and creamy and at 50% very drinkable.
      Again the strong flavours squeeze your taste buds.
      Tangy and zesty with lots of great spice.
      With water it tastes bitter, so it spoils it.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is long and mouth coating with dark plum crumble on the death.
      With water it is more woody and the plum crumble has gone.

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  3. MarcinCh scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very dark, even brown color. Oily structure.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweetness, but not overdone. Caramel. Maybe a bit of herbalism. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. Some notes of dark fruit. Peanuts.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweetness. Lots of caramel. Sweet syrup. Peanuts. A pinch of spices. White pepper. Cinnamon. Fine oiliness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dessert chocolate. Dark fruit. Dried fruits. Raisins. Peanuts. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. White pepper. Quite a long finish.

  4. WhiskeyMaster scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Initially dusty with some spirit solvent: Then green grapes, caramel. Later tree oil, old sweet wood and banana cake. Even later dried red and brown fruits. Red apple, cranberry. A little water helps the Sherry part of the nose to dominate. (89p).
    TASTE: The arrival is oily, sweet and strong - a lovely intro. On the mid palate still oily, still sweet, not so strong. Concentrated. A little water makes it fresher and less sweet. (90p).
    FINISH: Warming, rather sherried, mild pepper and ginger, mouth coating oiliness, old mahogany wood. Long. A little water separate these elements more form each other. (89-90p).
    OVERALL: Very nice, rich, slightly spicy whiskey. Could it be a mix of Bourbon and (predominantly) Sherry cask maturation? Takes a little water well, which makes it drier. Total score 90 (89) points.

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice, versatile whiskey. Some oiliness, fruits, and pretty powerful. Certainly spicy as well. Completely different from a Scottish Single Malt, but certainly not less pleasant.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very fruity, ripe fruits, plums, berries. Also an oily touch, gasoline. Spicy. Quite some alcohol, vegetal notes. Then more sweetness arrives, vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Ripe fruits, berries, winegums. Spicy, pepper. Full body. Oranges. Thick structure.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Powerful, berries, winegums. Warming, spicy. Plums. Oily. Pretty long. A bit drying mouthfeel.

  7. joep scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Candy62 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Like all Texas whiskies, they will mature faster than whiskies matured in cooler climates. This gives Texas whiskies a darker color and more pronounced flavor extraction from the wood.
    Balcones uses a combination of both new and refill casks made from American, European and French oak. The wood notes are distinctive and persistent, but generally well-integrated into the background.
    Well done there in Texas.
    • Nose
      Dates, ripe sherries, malt, berries
    • Taste
      Full-bodied warm notes; sherry, leather, dates, dark berries, light oak, malt and butter
    • Finish
      Long, pleasant and tasty

  10. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Actually batch SM 21-1
    Even though this is a malt whiskey I think they have matured it the bourbon way, that is in new heavy charred American oak casks.
    If I had not seen the label with "single malt" I would have called this out as a bourbon. But it's very tasty and I like it a lot.
    • Nose
      87 87
      It is stated "never colored" yet it is darker than most sherry matured scotch, which for a presumably young whiskey can only be achieved by really heavy charring.
      Hence there's also quite a bourbonesque nose to it.
      Fresh and sweet vanilla oak and cinnamon.
      Cooked prunes and dark ripe fruits.
      Alc level is noticeable, but then it's 53%
      Water reduces the alc feel as well as the vanilla, and push the fruit forward.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Solid spicy and sweet arrival.
      The vanilla oak and cinnamon is there in abundance, the fruity stuff has got a slight sour note well balanced by a chocolate cover and toffee filling.
      Water dilutes just about everything and makes it less defined. Personally I would not recommend it.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A little prickly spice along with a now drying cinnamon survives into the finish.
      Same thing here with water, everything gets mushed together, the thing that holds up is the spice and it gets even dryer.


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