Smooth as the BABY's bottom and it hits like a bolt out of the BLUE.
You just have to love the charming, independent, and rebellious spirit of Texas. Balcones Distilling is based in Waco — just about halfway between Dallas and Austin. Texas is a big state, and they like everything big… big steaks, big trucks, big hats, and big flavors. Balcones is still a small distillery, but it is filled with big ideas.
They hand-make a range of Whiskies, Rums, and a few mysterious fiddly things, all of which are unabashedly crafted with the BIG flavors they love. But just because these Texas Spirits stand up and yell "Yee-Haw!" doesn’t mean that they don’t have the serious craftsmanship and quality you get in the big fancy capitals of the world. These Spirits are top notch, and they carry multiple awards to prove it.
Balcones Distillery keeps on cranking out some of the coolest new products with a healthy dose of Texas independence and good ‘ol American tryhard Spirit. Their Baby Blue Corn Whisky is another shining example.
Turns out, roasted blue corn makes GREAT Whisky with a buttery, nutty texture. And the critics LOVE the stuff! It’s a Texas Whisky rock star — awards everywhere, ovation from fans, groupies in the backstage and the volume cranked up to 11. Rock on!
What does Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky taste like?
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Excellent bourbon. Perfect blend of smoke and oak.
A very good sipping whiskey, and it works very well in an Old Fashioned.
I’ve been wanting to try this for quite awhile (along with just about every Balcones offering, haven’t been able to find them around here). Beautiful copper color. The first and most predominant smell I got on the nose was sweetness, then I was able to find buttered popcorn underneath. The buttered popcorn continues on the palate and you finish with some spice and a little bitter chocolate. Would be very interesting to have a tasting box with that included their other blue corn offerings.
Very robust in flavor and easy to sip on.
A bitter finish.
A little more bitter on the head than I like. I'm sure others may love it, but I like something a little smoother meatier.
Really great taste, mellow and a little sweet. Great for the new novice whiskey lover.
A little harsh initially, but I felt like it went down smooth. Not a bottle I would buy but good for one glass.
Lot of folks doggin’ this one, but it shouldn’t be so. It doesn’t knock it out of the park, but it’s pretty tasty nonetheless. Actually an easy drinker, long finish, sweet up front with vanilla, caramel, and a nuttiness about it. Good sipper, enjoy it.
Not my cup of whiskey. Young and brash. Can smell and taste the farm.
Really really sweet, almost undrinkable. Horrible that I picked this as my free bottle, what a waste
If I could rate 0 stars then I would. I’d wager a significant sum that death row inmates make better toilet hooch than this. If you routinely enjoy any Weller, Larceny or Redemption wheated bourbon and love that profile then you should stay far away from this.
Harsh. Would not buy
A little harsh. Hot finish. Decent but wouldn’t buy it.
Tastes like roasted butter popcorn. Reminds me of summers at the fairgrounds.
Molasses, great color. Smells like a sweet carmel. Strong on the entry. A bit a of a burn. Long logs with a warm up like a hot beverage when the gulp is too big. Great finish that burns slight
On the nose it’s Vinilla fudge
On the taste it’s got a classic American taste which I associate white marzipan which isn’t actually marzipan, but it’s not as prominent as it is in most bourbons (not sure if this is technically a bourbon but it’s a corn American whisky). A nice sweet American whisky.
My third sample of Balcones. I can understand why the ratings hover in the 6 range. That's probably generous. there's an unpleasant harshness to all the Balcones I've tried: rye, single Mall, baby blue corn. I want to like a product made in Texas, but this stuff just isn't very good.
A simple but delightful whiskey. The corn comes through as a sweet without being cloying. Pairs very well with Hispanic or Latin American cuisine or mesquite-smoked anything. It adds a little something interesting to an old-fashioned but is better unadulterated.
Underrated... It tastes good with tortillas and smoked brisket.
It's not a super complex whiskey, but it's really lovely. On the nose, Butterscotch (heavy on the butter) with some lovely roastiness. On the taste, that all comes through and there's some toasted marshmallow to go with it. It's not super complex, but I keep going back because it's just so good.
This is possibly my favorite American whiskey. 100% corn and just as sweet and rich as you'd expect it to be. I'll always have a bottle on my bar.
Not an everyday whiskey, but delicious
Definitely tasted the leather, cedarwood and the butter-toffee. It's smooth, but not beginner/introductory smooth. Very interesting, and when I shared it with friends, they were pleasantly surprised.
Unexpected flavor - there's definitely corn in there! Not the smoothest ride, but definitely a good spirit to imbibe in. Recommended to a few people who all liked it as well.
Very flavor filled but not very smooth. I have recommended it to a few people who would like it tho. Glad I tried it.
smoothe, sweet, and a pleasure to drink
Wonderful salted carAmel flavor and Aroma! I want to try making an apple cocktail with it.
The high corn mash is strong on the palate,adding a spicy kick to it, not bad, smooth, not on my favorite list.
Great over ice, nicely smooth, hints of honey and oak. Lacks a finish.
Not a bad whiskey. Aroma makes you think it’s on the bitter side, but it’s smoother than you think. Better for mixing than drinking straight or on the rocks.
Pretty smooth on some ice
Burnt popcorn taste
Really good unique finish and very smooth neat
Wish I didn't buy this one as it's like drinking liquified buttered popcorn with extra butter and sugar mixed into it. Doesn't even make a decent mixer.
This is nice whisky and I was surprised by how much I liked it. So much, I bought a second bottle to share with my son. Clean, crisp with a good punch.
It’s pretty good similar to mellow corn
A whiskey which is pepper notes and sweet finishes.
A bit on the sweet side with notes of caramel and vanilla. Smooth buttery finish. Not bad but not my favorite
I enjoyed my first dram, beginning to end. A complexity of flavors, will take some time to dissect. A nice surprise. Just shows. You gotta try a lot of bottles.....
I was a little underwhelmed with this one. It lacked complexity. The taste was light and sweet with a little bit of bite but it just wasn’t for me.
super mellow, no particular high notes for me. Little caramel and vanilla, semi-sweet. Very drinkable, might purchase again.
I can’t say what I’m tasting but it reminds me of something I ate in northern New Mexico/Texas Panhandle area as a kid. It’s ok but not anywhere near a daily drinker. I might take a shot once a month or so. Not my favorite.
Very smooth. As close to my favorite local as I've seen. Very tasty.
This whiskey has a very unique flavor but it is not good. I thought maybe I just had to give it a chance but no, it just tastes weird. I can’t even describe it.
Very smooth. Great finish.
Not bad. I like the caramel and roasted middle but nothing extraordinary on the initial hit.
Smooth, lot's of great flavors, long finish!
Not a fan. Felt like I was drinking straight butter.
outrageously good and smooth
Very smooth! Loved the taste!
Absolutely loved this whiskey.
Hot, hot, hot. The predominant flavors are caramel or raw vanilla. It’s not a mild or subtle whiskey at all. The Rye is much better, with cocoa nibs the predominant taste!
I have a hybrid red corn whiskey on my bar already called J Henry and unfortunately this one does not compare. the corn profile over powers the bourbon flavor and it's hard to swallow. Where j Henry is less as much. If I am picking up a bottle of bourbon it's because of it's unique recipe and expect as much.
There is a hybrid red corn whiskey out of WI that is good. Unfortunately the corn flovor in this was not my cup of tea. It was too powerful and no "bourbon" flavor came through.
Bordering on harsh. Once you get passed the burn there are some interesting flavors behind the burn. Probably better for mixed drinks rather than neat or on the rocks. Probably won't buy again.
This was, bar-none, the harshest whiskey I’ve ever had. It tastes like it came right out of the still.
Haven't tasted a corn whiskey before. Was a little strong for my taste. Now I know.
i didn't care for it
Very buttery nose, cotton candy sweetness upfront but fading to a not overly sweet finish. Heavy butter flavor.
If I were going to use one word to describe this, it would be unique. I would definitely suggest buying a bottle for the experience alone. Very different from any whiskey i have had before. Smooth, but not bland, and a weird sweet that i really cant describe. Not sure if this would be a stand by, but i would definitely have it in the bar to share an experience with others.
Opens up with a little water and is enjoyable. But I'd probably rather buy wild turkey 101 for $25 bucks.
Sweet corn and butter on the nose with a touch of Caramel. Palette of butter finishing with some peppery spice. Quite tasty.
First corn whiskey. I do not like the flavor. Much different than the traditional I’m used to.
I agree with Jimmy..... not recommended, that's the nicest way to put it...
Best whiskey I have ever had. It goes down smooth with a fabulous peppery after taste. This whiskey warms the soul. Can't wait to have it on a cold winters night.
It was good. Not great. Good enough that it is gone
Really liked this whiskey spicy and peppery finish but overall a great experience
Balconies is very good. A little strong in flavor needed ice to smooth it down.
Not recommended. That’s the nicest way to put it...
Not a fan. Expected something much smoother. I had actually asked a bartender in Texas his opinion, and that adds to the disappointment.
I guess Texas does it right, Titus now this. Me and my wife truly enjoyed this.
My bad Titos
Great smooth whiskey.
Different from your classic bourbon, but very interesting. Heavy on the sweetness and a toasted corn finish. You can tell it's on the younger side, with some rough edges, but again, not necessarily a bad thing, just different. Definitely worth a try!
Nice and smooth. Finish isn’t as pleasant as I’d hoped.
A little rough, but unique
Not my cup of of tea, no roundness of flavor just a straight forward burnt, no complexity.
Had a taste/aroma that reminds us of the backing on carpet!
Not bad, just very non-descript. Not detecting much of anything distinct, other than a slight chocolate note. Suppose it's okay for the price.
Has a nice smell. Horrible taste.
My least favorite whiskey so far. tastes terrible. Wont be ordering more. I even tried diluting with Coke, which i never do, and it still tastes like crap.
It is ok. I have to delete it. A little strong for me. Crown vanilla, Disaronno I can almost tolerate straight. Sweet things for me not bitter. Otherwise pretty good.
Not a fan at all - only chose it from lack of options from Flaviar - Did not like the flavor at all. This one will collect dust unfortunately.
Different and a little flat at the end but nice.
Not a fan
I must not be a corn drinker, because I found this pretty awful. The corn was so pronounced that it took away from any enjoyment of other flavors. Cant see myself finishing this, but I will give it one more chance just in case.
Very tasty! Sweet and smooth.
Buttery on the nose, but otherwise a generally decent bourbon, with the butteryness not making it through on my palate.
We opened this with friends who love their whiskey. We found it a different, smooth, and spicy experience from what we typically sip together.
This is an interesting bourbon. Sweet up front with a kick on the back end.
This is a decent bourbon. It has a fruity, sweet nose, but meets with a good bourbon spice on the palate. I have heard good things about Balcones, and this was my first. It did not dissapoint.
Different yes... good no... chemically chocolate flavor is different but that and the young spikes make it not even average for me.
I really liked this bourbon. Tasting notes: Earthy/leather, butter, corn. A little less sweet than some bourbons, with an earthy complexity that I'm guessing comes from the blue corn.
Absolutely disgusting. I love Texas’ Tito’s Vodka, so I figured they must know a little something out there. Maybe my taste buds are not refined, but this was not good. Plus, my bottle arrived leaking all over my box, so I have no idea if the bad taste was due to oxidation, as Flavier would not replace it unless the bottle was broken.
Very disappointed in the Flaviar flavor description on this one. It looked very appealing with the butterscotch and roasted notes, and it was the only non-spice on offer for my quarter choice. So I nabbed it, but I can’t taste anything but spice.
Very good. Thought it would be a little harsh based on smell but was not at all! I would buy again.
Carmel,butter on the nose, hints of pepper on the tongue
Smells funky, tastes delicious, different than most stuff we own, in a good way. Basically a gateway bourbon........
Buttered corn, subtle caramel, though a bit hot at first when straight. One rock made a world of difference for me, smoothed it out and actually seemed to draw out the flavor. Nice finish in the end.
Loved the Caramel Corn smell and the taste was smooth.
Butter caramel and corn. Could be smoother, but overall I really like this.
Really interesting. Very smooth without loosing kick - almost Irish in the overall effect. The really different thing about it is the way you can actually taste the corn very subtly in the background. Drink this straight and make it the first drink you have. Don't get your tongue drunk. You'll enjoy it more. A new fav for me.
not great. kinda sharp, not much flavor.
Taste is ok. It has some alcohol burn though.
so Vile it could make crustaceans crawl across a stony ridge to escape . Made me realize the progress of humanity in the distilling arts. Don’t be fooled by the BlueCorn hook . A lie. Rot gut moonshine , nothing more.Avoid .Flaviar loses credence on this one.
The flavor starts out a bit sweet with an almost minty after taste. It’s ok as an addition to the liquor cabinet but not something I’d go out of my way to keep, the starting sweetness is a bit too much for me.
After reading up and down reviews I decided to give it a try. I honestly enjoyed it. Was very easy to drink with light roasted flavors. It is a bit sweet but other than that not bad.
Close your eyes and experience the taste of blue corn chips. While I like the chips, not a fan of having them in my Whiskey. (And i added the e intentionally.) this is not reminiscent of a scotch whisky but rather an American whiskey. Slightly sweeter than I like. Will use it in Old Fashioned and other mixed drinks.
I am enjoying this whiskey. It is smooth subtle sweet. Definitely a favorite would purchase again
Had a wicked alcohol burn that took away from any flavor that should have been there
I thought it was alcohol burn at first, but I think it's just a unique spiciness. I have two bottles of 100+ proof that are easier on the throat 'n chest. Good bottle that lasts a while.
lacks aftertaste. Quick hit. Not sure what flavournotes it has really
Smooth, Carmel and butter flavor pop
True Texas taste...slow sipping on the rocks. Nice mixed with soda
Pretty plain and a lot of alcohol burn. Buttery/butterscotch nose. Viscous in the mouth. Should have guessed the alcohol burn since it’s corn.
I like many of Balcones' products, this one is not my cup of tea (or whiskey). Strong notes of leather, cedar and corn. Slightly buttery with very little sweetness. I typically like a sweeter whiskey, more toward a bourbon. This is definitely a unique corn whiskey.
Just kind of plain with little character.
Really flavorful, a nice mellow finish, tastes a bit like butterscotch with a slightly smokey flavor added in. So far one of my favorites!
Big butter notes up front, a little bit of a bite on the finish. Unique almost oily quality to the butter up front - and I mean that as a positive although it might not sound like one.
Is a good whisky, but not great. Butter an caramel flavors stand out, but the finish is short. I like it, but not crazy about it.
Tastes very young. Has the potential to be great if it were aged longer
I’m normally a rye whiskey kind of guy, but find the flavor good - a bit of a bite, but doesn’t linger too long.
A nice change of pace...long spicy finish.. but agree with a few others that it is not a regular re-buy for me
I got a lot of butter taste, I don’t find myself picking this bottle up as much ad some of their other whiskeys
Easy to drink but lacking complexity. Would recommend trying but will not be a regular for us.
Very nice, very smooth. I swear that I could taste the corn.
Nose smells like straight alcohol and not much complexity. Not very smooth.
Very melow, calm and smooth.
I think this may be my new favorite whiskey. Nose/flavor is very exciting cakey, buttery. Also makes an awesome old fashioned.
Good 👍 would recommend trying
It is a very good, intense, Corn Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a rich & spicy life leads to a death at the movies.
sweet to taste and young texture. Strong alcohol aroma and taste. Limited complexity - simply sweet corn. Underwhelming finish.
Crazy, different. Smells like buttery roasted corn. Flavor starts off a bit like buttered popcorn and finishes with some slight heat. Decent sipper. Makes a pretty good sour. I would buy this one periodically for something different.
Not a fan.
I really like this whiskey, its different and smooth. you can almost smell blue corn tortillas and a slight aftertaste of blue corn tortillas, very interesting!!
Not enough complexity. Popcorn finish. Jef says like Wesson Oil
A nice, smooth yet somewhat unremarkable whisky. Very soft on the tongue with sweet undertones.
Very buttery for me, it was hard to drink a different whiskey after this one but it was not bad, had it on a rock and In old fashioned
A smooth and pleasant change of pace!
The blue corn flavor is very unique. If you have ever had blue corn chips, you can relate to the taste. The whisky flavor is mild and smooth. Would be good in an old fashioned or manhattan a a variant on the traditional taste. For the price, there are MANY other bourbons i prefer more than this. Ragged Branch and Justin's House of Bourbon are much better for me.
Still learning to taste and enjoy a good drink. But this is by far one of my favorite wishes (never tried corn whiskey) definitely enjoyed it.
The nose on this was some mix of paint and sour milk. The flavor was worse. I still can't put my finger on it. I'm going to hit it with a dash of bitters and some agave to see if it can be redeemed. I will not be buying this one again.
EDIT: So, I tried it as a cocktail. You cannot get past the reek and horrible taste. I wish I could get my money back.
I've had my share of young corn liquor before, so I was expecting this to be pretty potent with little subtlety. However, the roasted corn and aging give this an unexpected smoothness and warmth (unlike the burn of moonshine). Does pack a moonshine kick, though!
The nose on this was some mix of paint and sour milk. The flavor was worse. I still can't put my finger on it. I'm going to hit it with a dash of bitters and some agave to see if it can be redeemed. I will not be buying this one again.
Very distinct taste but quite good. Perfect for old fashioned cocktails or just on the rocks
Hits the system quick. Not a fan of the flavor.
This was a great whisky. Had an incredible sweetness on the nose with a mix of spice on the pallet. Oddly reminded me of my moms eggnog and Christmas cookies when smelling it.
Very buttery but packs a punch in the back end.
God awful whiskey.
it's good, initially it has a bit of a bite.
A very interesting experience. I was never able to pick up and oak smell or flavor which I can always do with whiskey. Rather this had a roasted corn with butter flavor and smell to it. Enjoyable. Made for an interesting mixer.
It’s corn whiskey that’s for sure.
It was awesome
Nose of sweet corn and dry grass. Mouth a bit strong (its 46%) with dry grass / hay and something sugary like rum. Smooth finish of hay, corn tortilla, and pineapples. I love this because of the corn and pineapple notes which is easy to pair with summer time food.
Great in the nose (buttery) through the taste ( Chipotle pepper) and then a long finish. Love the last burn!!
I don't think I will buy this one again. I found it hard to drink.
Smooth taste, love the slight burn on the way down. Wish it was a little more smokey.
The first time trying this brand - very smooth and enjoyed it with friends.
Wasn't sure what to expect with this but in all honesty it wasn't that bad. Still undecided if i get it again but it is a unique experience.
Wasnt sure what to expect when I received this. I was however pleasantly surprised. Try it both neat and on the rocks as the taste profile will change slightly. This is worth giving a try dispute some of the negative comments
Great flavor but a bit of aftertaste.
Little too smokey for my liking, but a good base.
I don't get much of an aroma from this one. It has a strong flavor to it that finishes pretty spicy if you like that sort of thing. For me I will have to use it for a mixer.
Unique but definitely delivered
pretty good in an old fashioned and on the rocks
Overwhelming can’t get past the spice / pepper notes .
Strong candy corn smell. The flavor is more of the same but not as pronounced with a bit of a musty/dusty note. This is good although I wish the flavors weren't as muted. Could use some more time aging I think
Everyone has different sense of taste and smell to me is smelled like fermenting mash which is fine when visiting a distillery and although smooth tasted the same.
Surprisingly smooth and very drinkable, either straight or on the rocks!
Sweet finish, reminds me of "James Beam" with a better last neat.
Take fist sip not what I was expecting very light but with a coffee dark chocolate finish
I think I like it. But the smell is a little interesting. Kind of like a tortilla chip.
Smooth, great aroma, a hint of sweet. I enjoyed very much.
I liked this one a lot. On the nose, definitely butter and a very slight Woody scent. On the palate, butter, lots of corn and dark chocolate. Not a bad combination overall. I was expecting more sweetness but was pleasantly surprised that it was not.
Smooth finish, but difficult to get through the first half of the sip.
Very smooth with great aroma.
Great nose, good flavor, smooth finish.
Love the taste
nice soft sort of toasted vanilla nose, almost a whisky version of the old Good Humor Toasted Almond pop aroma; better as it enters tongue and palate than as it lingers,; more tingling than smooth and thinner than expected--better neat than on the rocks, though I imagine its nuttiness would stand up well in an Cowboy Coffee variation on Irish Coffee
I read several terrible reviews of the product and I don’t see the problem. My wife and I tried it and we were both impressed. Heavy notes of almost butterscotch and a great taste neat.
I really enjoyed this! nice buttery nose to it and it was very smooth yet interesting. You have to go into this with the perception that it is SUPPOSED to taste different than Kentucky Whiskey. Texas whiskey is purposefully a different, so expect that.
I have syphoned high-test gas that had better tasting notes than baby blue. I really wanted to like it, but it tastes young and harsh. Go ahead and mix it with a coke to cover it up and get your money’s worth.
Horrible. Tastes like sweat.
The first thing you smell is a sweet butter smell. I wouldn't consider this smooth. Tried it neat and on ice. Recommend to be drank straight.
I was looking forward to the experimental corn. This is not something I can drink neat or on ice. I can tolerate it in a mint julep (heavy on the mint and a tad more cane sugar. I cannot recommend this . For my palate, it tasted like oily burnt popcorn.
I was really looking forward to trying this blue corn whisky, but I was thoroughly disappointed. I found it to be nearly undrinkable, and when I mixed it with Coke it didn't get much better...
Great for Manhattans!
Very smooth and flavorful
Nice drink, love the sweet taste of the corn and the smokiness. Not sure if it is worth the money. Have had much nicer drinks. Would be a good bourbon at about $30.
The initial mouth feel is intriguing, flavors are distinct, and come one after another. Finish is end quickly without a lingering aftertaste. Definitely a good sipping whiskey. Best straight w/0 water.
Interesting flavor, not my favorite but grew on me over time.
I didn’t fall in love at first sip, but it went down smooth over ice.
Don’t taste chocolate but for sure corn and roasted of course different tastes for everyone but for sure like the Smokey taste to it
It was just okay. A little harsher right at the beginning for my taste, but a decent American whiskey nonetheless
Good everyday sipping whiskey. Not as sweet as some corn whiskeys I have had.
Not a fan at all.
It’s a very very fine spirit, very appealing to everyone on the market.
very smooth to drink straight and would not waste on a mixed drink but would be very good if mixed
Buttery and warm
Weird, weird thing. I'm sure somebody out there likes it, but not me.
The nose started off with notes of wet dog fur, and after the first 2-3 pours turned into something like a rotten watermelon (sweet, musty, malty, sour). Never had anything that weird.
The taste was mostly like candy corn mixed with moldy cheese. I did my best to finish the bottle, but still ended up pouring the last 15% of it down the drain.
It puzzles me how a distillery that created great things like Single Malt and Brimstone has pumped out this mutant. Never gonna get this again.
Sweet on the nose, smooth at first taste, warming finish. Can definitely taste a difference from the use of blue corn. Buttered caramel corn would be a good descriptor.
Very earthy with a strong scent of corn.
A small step above moonshine. Probably should put that back in the barrel for another year or two.
Interesting taste, can taste the butter in the flavor spiral
Nothing to get excited about! Quite disappointed overall.
Usually not one to sense all the flavors but the buttery start to this was delicious but the chipotle pepper taste in the middle made us wonder “what was that?” but then the finish was nice and smooth. Quite an interesting drink!
A beautiful caramel smell from the bottle. Nice spicy taste at the beginning with a very good finish.
Added a few drops of water takes some of the spice away and makes it much more smoother. I like this one.
Gave this several chances and can't get over that Tequila taste. Not sure if that's intended, the way it supposed to be or I had unlucky bottle - seems like others have it, too. Was really excited to try this but unless you like some tequila bitterness in your whiskey, would recommend avoiding this.
I had a bourbon friend over (also a member) and we both tasted at the same time with the same reaction...that’s awful. So bad, we poured it out and had something else. Definitely not a fan and Flaviar should not be offering it as a “favorite”. Complained to Flaviar and their response was disappointing at best. No longer a fan of Flaviar.
Like it. Strong after taste. Smooth
Very smooth, nutty, and a subtle corn flavor at the end. Very enjoyable.
It’s not bad, definitely different from other American Whiskeys. There are times the Tequila really comes out in the palate and finish which I don’t particularly like.
I liked it and thought it had a higher sweetness than normal. But really liked the flavor
I don't love it, I don't hate it. You can taste the corn up front but overall I don't think it has a lot of character. But I think that is the type of whiskey it is.
It's like a Chardonnay whiskey. Very buttery, doesn't taste like "typical" bourbon. However, once I know what to expect when drinking it, I can appreciate it's unique flavor. Not a go to pour.
Too sweet for me.
Nose is very strange and not very good. Whisky itself is very sweet. Not terrible on ice but not worth getting again.
Starts with a sweet corn flavor that is nice and smooth but then the smoky leather kicks in midway through and is not quite as overpowering as the Balcones pot distilled. It finishes with a bit of spice with moderate linger. The leather flavor makes it difficult for those other flavors mentioned in the flavor spiral to come through. Does not sit well with my palate.
Starts with sweet corn flavor and is relatively smooth but then you get that smoky leather flavor that is not quite as strong as the Balcones pot distilled. Finishes with a little bit of spice and moderate linger. I can’t get past that leathery flavor, does not quite sit well with my palate.
As a not-so-sophisticated Whiskey analyzer...I am enjoying this whiskey. It’s easy to drink and has a pleasant character.
This is a very interesting, unique sip! On the nose it's pure caramel corn, with movie popcorn butter and dusted baking chocolate slathered on it. On the palate, it's more of that, with a viscous mouthfeel (which I really like), secondary notes of wild berries and roasted cacao beans. The finish is where things don't quite hold up. The bite has a slight sourness to it that masks the expectations delivered by the nose and palate. It's a warm finish, but slightly metallic. By no means does the finish ruin things, it just drops this whiskey from a 9 to a 7 for me.
Decent smokey sipping whiskey, didnt mix well
Smooth and hearty all at the same time! I have found yet another great Texas whiskey!
Roasted buttered corn followed by caramel and a light spice. This is interesting and very enjoyable.
This is a seriously nice whiskey to pour over some ice and enjoy on a regular basis. Not quite a Bourbon in taste, but really, just nice. Good color, good flavor, good aroma with just enough edge to let you know you are drinking whiskey and not some clear booze that's best left in a mixed drink. Their 100 proof True Blue is a real treat if you are willing to go with something with a little more bite.
I tried all three of the whiskeys from the starter kit and I found my favorite was the Breckenridge bourbon. Perhaps as much as I enjoy smoky, peaty flavors, the caramel-vanilla-honey notes of this bourbon struck me the most.
This is one of the most unique whiskeys I have had. On the nose: caramel corn, cream cheese icing, hint of lemon. On the palate: buttered popcorn and oak. I was expecting more sweetness on the palate. Overall, a very interesting and tasty dram.
Very sweet and surprisingly complex. Nose is terrible, but taste is perfect over ice.
The butter toffee notes up front make this one a real easy sipper. Sweet and different.
Very buttery, good sipper
I enjoyed this but could see how it could be polarizing. Sweet and buttery are indeed the prominent flavors. There is a young feel to it, almost like a good moonshine. Not super complex but wouldn’t mind having a bottle around when I’m the mood for something different.
Strange, pungent taste. Probably the blue corn. Overall not for me or my buddy who enjoys whiskey as well.
I enjoyed it and I am more of a bourbon man. My friends who prefer whiskey thought it was great.
Great tasting and smooth finish wonderful value
Wonderful tasting and smooth finish great value
This Bottle of Baby Blue has been my first bottle in my Flaviar Membership. It is my rule of thumb that the first sip/whiff is to be a free one. On the way up to my mouth for the second sip, my nose caught a glimpse into something very special. Balcones Baby Blue is the most surprising whiskey i have ever tasted. the flavor notes are so on point here its unbelievable!. I am very happy to add this bottle to my collection.
Thank You Flaviar
This bottle definitely smelled good, How ever I am not a fan of the flavor.
I really enjoyed this whisky. Great amber color. Though it’s only aged one year, it looks, smells and tastes like it’s been aged for much longer. Buttered popcorn is the first nose and first taste. Only mark against this spirit is it lacks a bit of depth andcomplexity. Would buy again.
Brought to you by Land o' Lakes. Butter is prominent in this like no other. That was a huge turnoff for me. I was able to get some sweetness from the corn which was nice but it finished oily and buttery. Not something I expected and it just didn't work well for me. It was very smooth which was good because I couldn't imagine a burn added to the butter. Did I mention butter?
Good sipper. Buttered popcorn on the nose. Sweet on the finish.
Interesting bridge of whisky and whiskey flavor with a sweetness expected from a bourbon and a rounded flavor more familiar to scotch. Sweet honey flavor with slight citrus and a touch of salted caramel without any overly powerful sweetness more suited to bourbon. In additions it is great value for money
It tastes as described. Even though it is a corn whiskey, it is not a bourbon, and does not taste the full part of a bourbon. Not bad. Would be good aged a couple more years and/or with more rye.
Smelled like butter. Smooth and tasty.
Lighter, sweet taste
Corn is very strong
sweet almost cotton candy aftertaste-very complex flavour profile
I did not get the description it is to be. I guess my palet is way off. It tasted more like a rye but I can taste more of the ethanol
interesting, strong corn flavor, too sweet for me though .
Really did not know what to expect when I ordered it!? So probably not a fair review... The Hillbillys make corn whisky look so good when they drink it. Let's just say it mixes better than it sips. Again, ordered it not knowing what to expect. I should have stayed with the Bourbons. Whisky Sours until the bottle is empty. Hipsters may dig it!
Totally agree! Not what I expected at all. I am a bartender at a private country club in Glendale,CA Members will kill if they ask for it neat!
Not much for words just thought it had a really good taste!
Not much for words just really thought it had a good taste!
I just didn’t like it
This is a very exceptional whisky (it’s NOT a bourbon). There is a bite when you first taste it, then it mellows out. It has a pleasant buttery and mellow finish. And a sweet whisky smell as well. A great sipping whisky. Definitely would/will purchase again.
This taste more like a tequila than a bourbon. Not a fan.
Not much to this one. Very buttery and not much else to follow it up.
Tasted pretty fresh like it needed to age more, a little harsh.
A bit sharper than I prefer
Strong sweet buttery start with a corn and slight roast and smoked leather finish. Cotton candy stays on the tongue when done.
Not a fan. Tastes like burnt, oily butterscotch. Smooth finish tho.
Very nice. Different than other Bourbons.
Nice a light. Good flavor and not too overpowering. A sensible whiskey for table drinking but nothing special.
Good smell and smooth taste at first. Has a pretty strong bite after swallow
My boyfriend's new favorite! His old favorite was Eagle Rare and this one tops that.
Has a flavor unlike other whiskeys that I have enjoyed.
Caramel butter popcorn with a bit of spice.
Nose: Corn, agave, caramelized sugars
Palate: Brown sugar, cereal, and fruit...maybe apricot?
Finish: a little alcohol heat, lingering sweet cornbread
Unique, but don't buy it expecting bourbon or rye. This is very much it's own thing. Mix with coffee liqueur, maple syrup, and chocolate bitters for a seriously tasty nightcap.
Agreed, Totally its own thing. Definitely a good nightcap/dessert whiskey
Definitely a strong corn flavor, and it has a rather spicy finish which I found surprising considering blue corn is traditionally sweeter. At best, it's an OK whiskey, but at this price point I can find at least a dozen other bottles I'd rather purchase.
Very strong corn on the nose and the palette.
Not for me. I pick up an oily/metallic (copper?) aftertaste that isn't for me. Don't mind the corn mashbill, but I find al of the secondary flavors dominated by metal.
Entirely too much corn in the nose and the taste - much more like a scotch than a whiskey.
Too much corn in the nose and the taste - too much like a scotch and nothing at all like a bourbon.
Very spicy with an oily taste.
Sweet but not very exciting. Heavy corn and some spice.
I liked this whiskey. Couldn't tell it was blue corn though. ;-)
adding a drop of water helped with taste.
Not great, not terrible. A little "funky" or moldy, the way some wines can be.
A bit harsh. I like a mellow bourbon and this isn't that. Best if every sip is held on the tongue before swallowing. Tastes like a bag of corn chips...as a corn whiskey should.
The smell was nasty, the taste was just ok. Thankfully a family member tried it with coke and she loved it so, it is now hers. I just could not get past the nose.
Very thin and too much burn not enough flavor
Didn’t like it. Not much sophistication to it. Just got sweet bourbon.
tastes like caramel corn...and I mean that in a good way
It's strong, assertive, bold, a bit prickly---everything you'd expect from an independent company from Texas. But a smooth sipping whiskey this is not. If you're a fan of light hued Japanese drams, you might even hate this. I'm usually a Scotch or Bourbon neat guy, but this one takes a large ice cube for me.
Nothing remarkable, doesn’t stand out from any other corn whiskeys in the shelf.
Wonderful taste but rather strong for someone not used to drinking whiskey very often. Regardless, I’d highly recommend it.
Not impressed. Aroma profile was accurate, but the flavor (to me) differed from the spiral tasting notes. I had a more leather and wood notes upfront and then a caramel corn finish. Not a fan at all.
was not a huge fan of this at all. immediate thought was it was a blend of scotch and tequila
Smooth, clean, very flavorful.
Sweet and a bit hot. Looks like a winner. A drop of branch water would make it even better!
Butterscotch, bread, caramel, sweet, spice, and kind of a bitter metallic finish. Pretty good overall, and I like the price for this
This was a unique bottle, but very unpleasant. Sickly flavor profile, similar to cheap tequila. I had high hopes, but dumped most of this bottle.
Awful! Pure ethanol
First time I've tried "Texas Whisky", I found it to be pretty smooth with a somewhat sweet taste. Not sure I would buy it again but I wouldn't say no to proffered libation.
Sweet corn, Carmel, and chocolate on the finish
Absolute horse piss.! Straight down the drain
Buttery nose, a bit harsh mellowed with ice.
Nice little drinking whiskey. Caramel and spice in the nose, spice on the palette. A little astringent, but short of stomach acid or cleaning chemicals. A touch of smoke. Tastes like Tex Mex, can’t put my tongue on why. Some saltwater taffy early on, dissipates after a few drops of water.
Agree. This need sMUCH more aging. I’m a bourbon guy, nose means a lot,, as someone else said....smells slightly like tequila. I would not buy again
Aroma:. Malty tequila. Taste: toasted malt, hints of caramel and wood. On ice: musk/leather comes through, malt and hints of nuttiness.
I would drink it, but it's not high on any list of go to whiskey.
Very smooth. Buttery after taste. Liked it much more than I thought I would.
Aromatics: sweet buttery kettle corn, toffee, a little vegetal must
Taste: light bodied corn husk accent upon buttery kernels with a light overtone of vanilla and white pepper
Finish: oaky buttery spice and a touch of menthol
I have long been curious about this one and now curiosity is served. I believe this would mellow out on the good side with opening air in the bottle and a week or 2 in its favor.
Kind of mediocre all the way around, not bad but not great either. Kind of average aroma and flavor.
Needs more aging, taste like buttery moonshine
Smooth and great between small bites of chocolate
Needs more age. This is basically White Dog with a little aging. It's definitely not your typical whiskey - but that's because it tastes extremely similar to me as the buffalo trace unaged moonshine. The nose is extremely unaged - only a faint scent of oak after many tries. The palate is at least a little more aged. The buttery corn flavors are nice and complex, but what I wouldn't give for a little more age on this. This mash bill is a great start and has so much potential, and this admittedly has 'baby' in the name, but at this price point I feel like they're cheaping out on the aging process and then upselling it as a gimmick.
Young tasting, good mixer.
The nose on this was unexpectedly excellent with little burn - sweet and buttery. The nose didn't hold up in the flavor, although drinkable. Drinking neat was underwhelming with little finish, but with water or ice the flavors became more balanced and enjoyable. Didn't mix it with anything but would be interesting to make a bourbon cocktail.
Very drinkable, good as a mixer but interesting enough to stand on its own.
A really great, interesting whiskey. The nose out of the bottle is a bit rough, but really opens up with a drop or two of water. We got a strong maple syrup nose, as well as a bit of corn. A great effort!
Smooth with vanilla and caramel notes. Very nice. Straight, it is very warm and smooth, on the rocks makes it very enjoyable and refreshing.
What the fuck are talking about? Have you ever drank whiskey? This has ZERO vanilla OR CARAMEL notes...you should see a doctor
awesome sauce. sweet and buttery. delish. great neat, with water, chilled or on the rocks.
Warm, smooth throughout. Buttery caramel on the nose and palate. Highly recommend.
Smooth, easy going down.
Maybe my favorite whiskey. For the price, it's really that good. I could sip this every day and never complain. Only downside? It's not as good as it was when Chip Tate started it and it's tough to find outside of Texas.
Aroma of caramel candy leaps from the glass. Behind that vanilla and cedar wood. The beautiful nose is not supported by the palate, which starts fine but turns bitter on the swallow. It's that last note that lowers the score.
Light on flavor, but super smooth.
Loved this one. Sweet and tasty.
Wasn’t sure what to expect but it is really different, in a good way.
This is a different taste. You can smell the corn and it's a bit rough on the tip of your tongue during the first sip. But, it finishes very smoothly. If you're looking for something different outside of your normal bourbon, this will do it.
I love this whiskey! Heath Bars without the chocolate...butter toffee. A fantastic initial bloom on the tongue and in the nose. Finishes smooth with that warming glow down your throat. Being a traditionalist, I love that they went the extra mile to make this heirloom with a local varietal corn you don't see much of anymore. Wonderful effort.
Mmm. Dark butter toffee, Cracker Jack. Corn sweetness, tons of flavor but easy to drink. After some spicy ryes, this is almost like a dessert treat.
A good, solid American whisky. Can appreciate the Texas turn on it and the fact it’s a modern take on corn whisky. Bold flavor
thi is as close to real corn moonshine in taste that i can think of. very smoky yet smooth.
I can't believe it's not butter! Fabio and Aunt Jemima's liquid love child. The scent of butter was almost off-putting at first. Solid caramel corn sweetness and spice follows once your nose acclimates. Flavor is a shot of movie theater butter, whilst you chew your popcorn blended with candy corn and Milk Duds. Letting it rest brings out the little bit of spice while adding a small drop of water as well. May not be my favorite thing to drink, but something to try regardless due to the pure "interestingness" of it.
Sweet and flavorful. The corn is strong up front; there is no doubt this is a pure core whiskey. For those wanting to try to pick out the various grains in a whiskey, this is a great example of what corn should taste like.
Clean sweet smell. Smooth with a nice burn. Not really my cup tea a little sweet for me.
Very different- oily. has character and very distinctive
I was first a little offput by the nose (smells very syrupy). It was just so unexpectedly different from anything I had ever tasted. But this one definitely grows on you, and you start to appreciate all of its unique qualities. Cotton candy, butterscotch, and toffee. Extreme corn at its finest. I am now quite interested to try the Balcones True Blue Cask Strength version.
Not a fan
over the top corn flavor with a buttery finish. i will re-stock this bottle.
A little too syrupy for me
Get the corn on this alot
This is a very good tasting whiskey. A little sweet, slight buttery taste. I enjoyed this and will buy it again.
Very sweet and smooth
Good, but definitely different. My first taste of Corn Whiskey and the flavor is much different than I was expecting. Strong notes of Vanilla and Corn, creating what I translate as a strong corn syrup taste to the whiskey. Every sip lets you know its corn whiskey. It taste good, but a little too sweet and off base for me.
Smooth! Has a nose of an unmatured spirit but the taste of one of the smoothest aged whiskeys
I visited this distillery in Waco while on vacation for the thanksgiving this year. A wonderful experience and a wonderful whiskey. Super smooth with a no e finish. I was also able to get my hands on a bottle of what is named True Blue cask strength. These folks are not fooling around. The cask strength is a 68.3abv and grabs your tongue and takes it on a ride like you have never been on before. I love this whiskey and I love this brand.
Interesting chocolate note toward the middle of the flavor profile.
Great dram. Smokey flavor akin to a nice peated Scotch. Nice corn sweetness, but otherwise a good smokey dram. Would grab another bottle.
Upon first noticing the aroma I was not sure but after a couple of sips I was sold. This has become my favorite cocktail whiskey.
This is a interesting sipper that has pleasant (Sweet) moments.
Best corn whiskey ever (although corn whiskey is normally not my first choice). Smooth and slightly sweet, this ain't your grandpa's moonshine!
This is definitely a young whisky with a bite, but a lot of flavor behind it. You can taste the roasted blue corn which gives the brew it slightly distinct edge from other corn whiskies I've tried. Yes, it's young, but it is very drinkable. A nice change when you're just not in the mood (hey, it happens) for that smokey single malt. Give a try while you can get it.