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Balcones "K&L Exclusive" Cask Strength Single Barrel #16003 Texas Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $80)

SKU #1439163

This is our first single barrel of the wonderful Balcones Single Malt. The outstanding distillery in Waco has been at the forefront of craft distilling since the start. They're making ultra high quality single malt and aging it in a variety of barrel types. This exceptional single cask was aged in New American oak for 2.5 years in the very hot and dry Waco weather. The resulting whisky is incredibly mature and complex for it's youthful age statement. Packed full of spicy woodiness, deep chocolatey malt and sweet roasted vanilla bean. Bottled at a staggering 128.2 proof, this stuff doesn't drink hot and shows an unbelievable amount of sweet maple syrup and heady raw honey to balance out the intense oak. Balcones has been named the world's best single malt and it's barrels like these the remind us that the little distillery in Waco is a real heavy hitter. This barrel of new heavily charred American Oak was distilled on December 17th, 2017 and bottled on July 4th, 2019. Just over 2.5 year old but with more going on then almost anything else in the category. This is what happens to great spirit in the intense Waco heat for two summer. Awards received for Balcones: World Whiskies Awards, 2016: Best American Single Malt Whisky; International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2015: Silver Outstanding; World Whiskies Awards, 2015: Best American Single Malt; International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2014: Bronze; World Whiskies Awards, 2014: Best American Single Malt No Age Statement.


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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2019 | Send Email
The nose on the Balcones is an explosion of tropical fruits and spices. From papaya, coconut and dried mango, it even draws out some intense coffee and vanilla notes with a bit of candied fig on the finish. The color is supremely dark for something this youthful, but there is no shortage of flavor here on this very impressive whisky.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2019 | Send Email
Make no mistake - this is a hell of a lot of whiskey for the price. High poof aside, rich, powerful malt delivers an intensity of flavors you don't normally find from under 3 years of barrel age. Dried fig, dark sugar, and dense chocolate wash across the palate with a prominent and pervasive spice. Something about the American oak in this reminds me a bit of bourbon, though the malt definitely delivers a more hearty, savory profile. With a healthy dose of water, the full breadth of flavors really shines, lifting vanilla and summer flowers and wild honey from the murky depths while retaining the full weight of the spirit. We are truly at the dawn of a new age of single malt spirits, and bottles like this are at the forefront, paving the way and battling our preconceptions with damn fine whiskey.

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