February Whiskey of the Month: Balcones Single Malt

balconessingleWe are proud to announce our February Whiskey of the Month, Balcones Single Malt Whisky! Hailing from Waco, Texas, in their own words, Balcones doesn’t just make whisky in Texas, they make Texas whisky.

Of all the craft distilleries popping up around the country these last few years, many strive to make top flight whiskey, and few succeed to the extent that Balcones has, garnering more than forty medals internationally in little more than five years of operation. We think if you taste their whisky, you’ll immediately see how much it stands apart.

Balcones Single Malt is 100% small batch, mashed, fermented, and distilled at their Waco, Texas distillery. Unfiltered, it may cloud up just a touch when enjoyed with a splash of water or ice cube because of the natural oils that remain in the whisky, contributing to a smooth, unctuous mouthfeel that is uncommon in younger whiskeys.

The nose of Balcones Single Malt is fresh and young, but also nuanced and balanced, with aromas of ripe banana, stone fruit, honey, and flowers, yielding to a rich, full-bodied palate that is somewhat smoky and honeyed (think mesquite honey) yet as smooth a butter with a hint of candied orange peel. The finish is long and rich, with dark caramel and hints of cocoa riding out the experience.

We’re always excited to see promising new distilleries enter the business and love to champion their work. Balcones is a young distillery that is proving their promise and worth being a part of any serious drinker’s collection.

As always, receive a complimentary pour any time you visit for a meal simply by presenting your Big Jones Bourbon Society Passport. If you don’t have a passport, please ask your server or bartender on your next visit; it’s free to join the Big Jones Bourbon Society. Ages 21 and up only.