Overall rating
88.70/100
votes
29
Whiskybase ID
WB214567
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Venomous Snakes
Vintage
22.03.2017
Bottled
27.07.2021
Stated Age
04 years old
Casktype
American Oak Barrel
Casknumber
16993
Number of bottles
221
Strength
63.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 jul 2022 8:37 am by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.67

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Whisky reviews for Balcones 2017 Arc

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.70 points.

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The Archives releases of Balcones continue. Unbelievable how this distillery has been able to reshape the American whisk(e)y scene in such a short period. Who says that Americans can't make good single malt whiskey. I've tasted this Archives expression several times now, and it becomes better every time. Despite its strength it's very juicy.
    • Nose
      The nose starts gorgeous with lots of cherries, raspberries and strawberries intermingled with milk chocolate and marzipan. Followed by fudgy notes of butterscotch, toffee and sticky toffee pudding. Marshmallows. Hints of cake mix and honey. But also sweet oranges and tangerines. Surprisingly subtle considering the strength. Water brings more spice and polish.
    • Taste
      Waxy and oily with rich oakiness mouthfeel. The corn sweetness perfectly mixes with the spiciness of rye and cumin. Demerara sugars and aniseed. Later on roasted coffee beans. Espresso coffee. Tobbaco and some leathery notes. Pine in the background. Lots of things going on in this Balcones.
    • Finish
      Very long with sandal wood and truck loads of cinnamon. Caramel. Brown sugar. Cloves. Liqourice. At the end some mint.

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  3. SimonOHA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Another superb expression of Balcones, with this signature on cherries and cola. He is frankly twice his age. The alcohol, although correct and quickly erased by the aromatic intensity is still there, I dream of a cask strength below 55% from this distillery. Well done, as usual.
    • Nose
      Powerful and intense nose of red cherries and raspberries. Chocolate wood. Cola candies, those that sting. Cinnamon and Christmas spices. Soft caramel with sweet melted butter. Brioche with candied oranges.
    • Taste
      Powerful mouth that explodes with aromas of black cherries and cola. Cinnamon and chilli. Transition on a less greedy mouth but still as good when left in the mouth and salivation gets involved: leather, tobacco on the very end before the finish.
    • Finish
      Final on an espresso, roasted nuts, cocoa bark. Dry wood.

  4. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Okay, this malt certainly doesn't deliver a finely chiseled picture of fragile aromas, but rather represents a brute elemental force, but what is delivered here is simply impressively good for my taste, and free of any off-notes and alcoholic pungency. Liquid treat!
    • Nose
      A very densely aggregated aroma package consisting of fruit and spicy wood notes, mango and passion fruit for the tropical side, sour cherries and red currants together with raspberries and blackberries for the more sour side, plus butter biscuits with fine toasted notes, together with the slight acidity it reminds me of one crispy rhubarb crumble fresh out of the oven with brown sugar and a little cinnamon, sandalwood, burnt caramel, pine honey, the warming oak becomes more and more evident, large amounts of cocoa and vanilla are lured through the air, there is also some coconut
    • Taste
      A cluster bomb of aromas explodes in the mouth, enormously mouth-filling and stimulating salivation, the high alcohol strength is excellently integrated into the play of aromas, it constantly switches back and forth between the tropical notes of mango and passion fruit and the slightly sour berries such as sour cherries and currants, and then to take another change of direction to the aromatic and roasted oak, sandalwood, a lot of cocoa turns into dark chocolate, caramelized Demerara, forest honey, more and more vanilla appears and is enriched by roasted coconut flakes, but the fruitiness does not fall into oblivion, but always pushes itself comes to the fore again, in the background a chalky rock dust note is at work the entire time, has something of soapstone abrasion
    • Finish
      Lengthens considerably, extremely mild for the high alcohol content, spicy oak with a fine hint of sandalwood, cocoa and dark chocolate, freshly ground coffee with a high degree of roasting, melted Demerara and forest honey combine with slightly burnt caramel, finally joining memories of mango and passion fruit as well as cherries and ripe blackberries add to the homely aftertaste of lots of vanilla and coconut

  5. sjoerd972 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This really is a belter! What a kick-@ss whiskey!

    Review at: https://maltfascination.com/2023/01/13/balcones-4-2017-2021-american-oak-barrel-16993-63-6-archives/

  6. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another one of those intense Balcones whiskeys. The dark fruits and chocolate accompany you from the first to the last moment of pleasure. Highly Recommended.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Cherry, chocolate, currants, blackberries, rhubarb, vanilla, toasted wood, dark honey, alcohol
    • Taste
      89 89
      Intensely warming, citrus fruit, blackberries, sweetness, play dough
    • Finish
      90 90
      Quite a long finish with chocolate, toasted wood, blackberries, sweetness, strong alcohol

  8. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad bottling to get acquainted with Balcones for the first time. With hyped whiskey I tend to be very critical. This bottling also gives cause for this: in my opinion this bottling could (should) easily have been reduced to 55 percent. More bottles to satisfy the enthusiast. The enormous cask strength adds nothing to the product. Having said that, and then playing with water myself, I am really excited. The whiskey has a mature character, and the wood influences are just starting to reach the limit of what is pleasant. Another year and this whiskey is over the top. Now it achieves an impressive balance between beautiful wood smoke, a sugary note and a powerful finish. Passed with flying colors, this bottling.

  9. Lerraa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. g2ther scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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