If you've got a whiskey aficionado on your holiday gift list, you've come to the right place. Balcones Distilling is the home of the Original Texas Whisky, distilled grain-to-glass right here in the Lone Star State.
There's a bottle for every palate and budget, so scan this list to find exactly which one (or ones) you should pick up this season.
Lineage is a marrying of the traditional Scotch Single Malts that have long been an inspiration to Balcones with innovative approaches to grain and maturation to celebrate Texas provenance. Made from both Scottish and Texas-grown barley and aged in both refill and new oak barrels, Lineage celebrates both old and new traditions. This fast-rising star in the American Single Malt space is perfect for the trailblazer.
Texas 1 Single Malt, $69.99
A timeless style of malt whiskey, Balcones "1" Texas Single Malt breathes new life into centuries of distilling tradition with classic techniques and ingredients adapted for New World tastes. Opening aromas bear hints of toffee and overripe fruits. On the palate, layers of toasted malt and honey give way to mellow notes of baked pears and apples. A long finish is accompanied by cinnamon and cloves.
Texas Pot Still, $39.99
Big flavors have always been the cornerstone of Balcones' lineup, and Texas Pot Still Bourbon is no exception. Made grain-to-glass using a traditional pot still distillation ensures a rich and viscous spirit that stands up to aging in new charred oak without losing its essence. Each dram is full of character and body, with an aromatic entry and soft finish, for an approachable yet memorable experience. Great for the bourbon lover in your life.
Baby Blue, $39.99
The first Texas whiskey on the market since Prohibition, Baby Blue is crafted from roasted blue corn from West Texas. This rich and oily maize adds new sophistication to the corn whiskey tradition while keeping the freshness and verve of classic American distilling. Intentionally youthful, Baby Blue captures the essence of this prized corn with a round nuttiness, roasted overtones, and refined complexity. The mouthfeel is viscous with a soft finish. A true Texas original that's perfect for giving to that true Texan.
Rye 100, $39.99
For the adventurous type, this is unlike any other rye on the market. The 100-percent rye mashbill begins with Elbon rye from Northwest Texas, accompanied by crystal, chocolate and roasted rye. Notes of peanut butter and chocolate make this the ideal whiskey for the mixologist and entertainer.
This one-of-a-kind whiskey is smoked with sun-baked Texas scrub oak using Balcones' own secret process. The result is a whiskey full of fresh, youthful corn and light fruit notes married with a bold smokiness. Whether you like smokey whiskies or just have a penchant for big, new flavors, Brimstone is sure to be a memorable pour. Aromas of masa, Texas campfire, and powdered sugar are backed by stone fruit, peppery spice, and mint. Bold yet balanced, Brimstone is yet another Texas original from Balcones.
To pick up a bottle, you can find Balcones at most major liquor stores, including Total Wine & More, Spec's, Goody Goody, and Pogo's. See the Balcones Distilling website for more details.