Review: Balcones Rumble Cask Reserve Special Release
Category: Texan wildflower honey, turbinado sugar and wild fig spirit
Origin: Balcones Distillery
Cost: $82.99 for 750ml (US)
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
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.
Blood orange ruby
Brown sugar Rum, pencil shavings, fruity figs, molasses, golden syrup & honeycomb
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.