Balcones 5th Anniversary Bourbon Cask 2 (Official Bottling)
65.7% ABV, £125 for 750ml
What they say:
The second of four single barrel bourbons from Balcones, released as part of their fifth anniversary spectacular. The previous release sold like hot cakes on a cold day, and with darn good reason too – it was incredible. The second verse is same as the first, as they say, because second release is also an utterly mind-blowing Texas straight bourbon from Chip and the Balcones chaps.
Only 169 bottles were produced.
Nose: Complex, extraordinary caramels, green anise and that coffee-edged Toffifee we saw in the 1st Release.
Palate: Quite dry with subtle tobacco notes and rich toffee.
Finish: Creamy and delicious with Toffifee goodness and tobacco leaf rolling on and on.
What I say:
Dram #2 from the Balcones Distillers Selection Private Barrel Tour Twitter Tasting was the 5th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon 2nd release
fruity, tannic leather/suede, toffee, blood oranges, butterscotch, floral heather, with a little sweet tobacco
drying tannins, chewy toffee and chewier tobacco, pecan pie with maple syrup, sweet honey & black pepper.
Would I buy it:
Sadly very limited and sold out.
Thanks to Balcones Whisky, Chip Tate, Winston Edwards, Steve Rush (@TheWhiskyWire) and Emily Harris (@emilymayfox) for organising samples and tasting event.