Saturday 27 April 2013

Tasted #18: Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky (#101drams)

Balcones Baby Blue corn whisky - another #101drams dram to tick off the list (again from Whisky+Alement in Melbourne) and if I'm honest, one of the drams I was most excited about trying. At only $12 too? Hard to pass up.

Balcones are establishing quite a name for themselves, not just for making quality whisky (which they do, very well) but also interesting whiskies, such as this whisky made entirely from Blue Corn. They also do a 50% ABV version ("True Blue"), which I'll need to get my hands on one day.

Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky (46%, NAS, Texas USA)

Nose: Different! Very different. Plastic (or plasticine as was suggested by the W+A staff)? Not what you'd expect in a whisky like this...although to be honest, I didn't know what to expect! The unexpected I guess? OK that's enough. In short - lovely.

Palate: Toffee, bananas, and still a hint of plastic. But really, really smooth. There's no age statement, but I imagine whatever its age, its younger than expected. Absolutely no harshness whatsoever. Absolutely delicious (yes despite aforementioned plastic references - it works, trust me!)

Finish: Just keeps going and going and going. Same as the Nose and Palate to be honest (toffee, bananas, hint of plastic). It's not a multi-dimensional whisky, but the one dimension it does have is fantastic. The finish was still going on the walk back to the hotel. Fantastic.

Rating (on my very non-scientific scale): 94/100. Now on my list of "Whiskies to buy".

 - Martin.

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