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Balcones Brimstone

(70cl, 53%)

Balcones Brimstone
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Balcones Brimstone Bottling Note

American craft distiller Balcones created this smoky corn whisky, fittingly named the Brimstone, by smoking the whisky itself rather than the grain. It is innovative techniques such as this which are creating a buzz around American whisk(e)y at the moment.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Barbecue, steaks, brown sugar, raisins, honey roast pork. It's all there, a Texan aroma for a Texan whisky.

Palate: Peppery and sweet in equal quantities with some herbal undertones and BBQ sauce overtones.

Finish: The finish is like a pepper-rubbed steak with a little charcoal too!

Overall: What's not to like about this big smoky whisky? Brimstone is an incredibly apt name for this barbecue of a dram. There is no pretension here.

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Balcones Brimstone Reviews

Wayne F, United States
29th November 2022
Add CO2 and vanilla ice cream. Put on your roller skates.
Imagine A&W root beer without the CO2, boiled with charcoal and peat until H2O almost gone. Then turpentine added for taste and body. My parents used to give me coal oil and sugar for flu when I was a kid. Liked it then. Helped the symptoms. But check your liver enzymes as a baseline. My dad was Texan.
Devilman, United States
3rd June 2020
Texas Laphroaig
I can see how this is a love it or hate it whiskey. It starts off with an almost unpleasant smoked food taste. It reminded me of Chechil and Lapsang Souchong or like licking a bbq pit. However the more you drink it the less you notice the smoke and the more you notice all the complex flavors it has to offer. It’s comparable to an Islay scotch in that way. Flavors of rock candy, salted toffee, grilled corn, butter and brisket burnt ends. I want to buy a few bottles of this just to cellar because I never want to run out of this stuff.
Master of Malt Customer
12th April 2020
Like drinking a bonfire
Dominic Roskrow said that this tasted like scraping the burnt meat off the bbq, griding it with charcoal and adding that to a bourbon. Its a pretty accurate description of this whisky but if you like Smokey whiskys, this is a must have in the cabinet.

I personally love it but it's an acquired taste.
Master of Malt Customer
20th October 2019
Texas comes to the cabinet. Try it!
Different in all the best ways. I love a peaty scotch (Lagavulin is my fave). This is not that ... but excellent. Smoky but not mediciny. This is a great try for anyone that likes smoke in their whiskey. Surprisingly even and smooth start to the wonderful smoky finish.
Master of Malt Customer
23rd February 2019
Nice and smoky
Very, very well done. Single malt scotch feel but in a bourbon whiskey. For those that like smoky, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re a Laphroig, Ardbeg or Lagavulen fan, you’ll like this one.
Sean R, United States
15th July 2018
Adventurous Whiskey
I found a lot of depth in this whiskey. I wasn't sold at first but as I made my way through the first glass, I gained an appreciation for its flavor. Maybe not my favorite but a good one to try. I'd probably give it 4.5 stars.
Master of Malt Customer
15th July 2018
Adventurous Whiskey
There's a lot of depth to the flavor of this whiskey. I wasn't sold at first but as I made my way through the glass I furthered my appreciation of it. Maybe not my favorite but it's a good one to try.
Master of Malt Customer
21st March 2018
For the adventurous - It's not normal whisky.
This whisky divides opinion more than any other but it tastes like no other whisky so that is not surprising. I love it but I'll add that if you want a traditional whisky experience don't even think about it. This is not peat smoke but a wild bush fire smoke. Burning wood and scrub bush with Tabasco sauce poured on top. For people that like to experience something a bit way out it's for you. Texas in a glass. Don't bother if you want a typical profile.
Master of Malt Customer
25th August 2017
Different can be good, intense can be good. But this is just not good (to me). I poured it for a friend who liked it but couldn't get through a whole glass of it, which says something about its drinkability. Maybe this should only be sold in half bottles.
Master of Malt Customer
31st July 2017
A taste of campfire and cigars in a bottle
If you like a good cigar with your whisky, this will do the trick in a non-smoking establishment. I'm not talented enough to name all of the subtle flavors, but I can call out the primary -- smoke. It's quite different, and 30 minutes after finishing my first glass I could swear I smoked a good cigar around a campfire. Not a whisky I would use for most cocktails (although the smoked manhattan wouldn't need any artsy smoking with this base), but I like it.

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