Balcones Rumble Cask Reserve Special Release ~ 58.5% (Balcones Distillery)

Balcones Rumble Cask Reserve Special Release (Official Bottling)

58.5% ABV, $82.99 for 750ml (US)

Score: 88/100

Rumble Cask Reserve

What they say:

While making the rounds of tasting our barrels, I discovered a cache of older Rumble casks that had been all but forgotten. The spirit inside was remarkable – rich, delicious, and unique. I carefully mingled the best of these barrels to create the bottle in your hand. The result is so special I think it deserves to be preserved in its natural state – unfiltered and at full barrel proof. Each Rumble Cask Reserve bottling is very small and is meant to express different facets of this unique spirit. I hope you enjoy the differences between each bottling of this Texas innovation as much as you enjoy the spirit inside the bottle

Nose: rich honey with rose water aromas suggestive of Turkish delight; hints of tart apples, citrus zest, and old leather; some similarities to Barbados-style rum

Taste: toasted rye bread with full licorice and burnt sugar flavors; rummy mid-palate; warming fruit notes reminiscent of Armagnac and Calvados

Finish: lingering finish full of honeysuckle & clove wrapped up in heavily crusted crème brûlée; round tannic finish

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What I say:

Dram #1 from the Balcones Distillers Selection Private Barrel Tour Twitter Tasting. Rumble is a unique spirit made from local wildflower honey, mission figs and turbinado sugar.

Colour:

Blood orange ruby

Nose:

Brown sugar Rum, pencil shavings, fruity figs, molasses, golden syrup & honeycomb

Taste:

Molten caramelised sugar with cinnamon hints, treacle toffee, fruit cake, cloves, cocoa, oak wood & vanilla. With water: more vanilla, brandy/rum almost sherry but still molasses/treacle & ginger

Would I buy it:

Tempted but haven’t found it for sale this side of the pond yet?

Thanks to Balcones Whisky, Chip Tate, Winston Edwards, Steve Rush (@TheWhiskyWire) and Emily Harris (@emilymayfox) for organising samples and tasting event.

 

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About Barry Bradford

I am a research scientist working at the Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) school of veterinary studies, the University of Edinburgh. I live with my partner (and nose) in Livingston, together we are self-confessed whiskyphiles and love everything about single malt whisky. I also love to eat, drink, travel, run, fish and play guitar.

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