Balcones Texas Rye 100 Proof

Balcones Texas Rye 100 Proof

(0.75l, 50%)


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$41.99
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Absolutely 100% Rye and absolutely a Texan. 

Ten years ago, Balcones was a tiny startup distillery in an old welding shop under a bridge in Waco, Texas. After it was all refurbished and equipped with copper pot stills from Portugal, a new shiny Whisky distillery was born, and the magic could start.

In addition to a classic Texas Single Malt, and two blue corn Whiskies, Balcones makes a breathtakingly good 100% Rye Whisky, made from Elbon Rye from Northwest Texas. In a wonderful magic following traditional recipes and methods, a real champion arises. This very expression is a celebration of the distillery's 10th anniversary and it's bottled at 100 proof. It's aged in new and charred oak barrels under two years in the moody climate of Texas, where temperatures swing from scorching hot to cozy cold in just one day and where barrels breathe at a much faster rate. It's also diluted with Hill Country spring water and there are no dirty additives and no flavor enhancements. It's pure and superb. 
  • Category
    Rye
  • Style
    Rye Whiskey
  • Region
    Texas
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    50%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    1 Year Old

Flavor Spiral™

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chocolate
pepper
chocolate mint
cocoa
tobacco
oak
corn
butter
rye
What does Balcones Texas Rye 100 Proof taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep amber.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Cocoa, pepper and espresso on the nose with a hint of chocolate.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Silky espresso, tobacco and chocolate flavor with mint touch, followed by pepper and oak.

Finish
A robust mint finish with hints of dry oak and cedar.

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Ratings & Reviews
guest
guest,
Smooth, peppery
 
Robyn
Robyn,
I wanted this to be my favorite of the group because I classically enjoy ryes most of American whiskeys, but this was harsh abs average at best. The decent flavors underneath were hard to get to, and that’s coming from someone who enjoys a good bite to their whiskey.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
I usually dont care for Rye at all but Balcones changed my mind, theres something special about this Whiskey that I dont get with my Scotch. Theres a sharp dark chocolate bitterness almost like a dark mint wet earth flavor that lingers after you swallow. Its strange but oh so satisfying.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
I did not care for this rye one bit. The tobacco, chocolate and ashtray flavors are overpowering. It's a death match between flavors that don't agree with my palate. I was excited to try it, but the ashtray component makes this rye undrinkable.
 
Warren
Warren,
Thought I smoked a pack of cigarettes
 
Burton
Burton,
Straight away i smell that Texas mesquite aroma. A bit deeper is cacao, and it lingers nicely. Almost a mint chocolate tasting note and again mesquite. Finished with bitter chocolate. It has that Balcones family lineage in spades.
 
Todd
Todd,
Decent, but not my best rye.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth
 
Jon
Jon,
Dark chocolate all the way! I'm recently a huge fan of and whiskey or whisky with a hint or a lot of chocolate in the flavor. Not flavored mind you, but say from chocolate malt or other aging methods. Easily one of my top ryes. Heat but smooth.
 
Scott
Scott,
Another one of their products that tastes more like flavored white spirits. Thin body, high alcohol, harsh and tastes like drinking a flavored moonshine
 
Rod
Rod,
Tastes like absolute dirt. Awful. Dumped the whole bottle.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
I have to say, this rye is like no other anyone could ever have. My wife doesn't drink whisky, but when I try something new I always ask her (an inexperienced nose and palate) to tell me what she smells and tastes. Right off, we both smell chocolate! This is a highly unusual whiskey. First taste is rye, then immediately a cocoa and finished really smooth like you just drank a hot cup of cocoa. If you want to experience a whiskey with a natural taste of chocolate, this is it! Great experience! Will stock this one!
 
Rob
Rob,
My first attempt at Rye this was surprisingly nice although a bit stronger than Johnnie Walker black (my go to) but similar taste I would definitely recommend.
 
Alex
Alex,
A rock solid rye! Definitely potent in power & flavor. Not over spicy or smoky, but not sweet either. That being said, it’ll put hairs on your chest and don’t underestimate the bite! A wonderfully sipping whisky from the great state of Texas!
 
Morgan
Morgan,
Too much chocolate for me. The scent carried the cocoa and a hint of mint. The initial taste brought the rye pepper spice, but immediately was overshadowed by the thick cocoa body and the lingering cocoa powder after taste. Not bad, but not the flavor profile I like in a Rye. I imagine blended into a bit of espresso, you'd have the makings of a solid dessert drink. Balcones makes some great stuff, this one just didn't do it for me.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Well worth the price. Smooth overall
 
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