caramel
spicy
butter
pear
banana
toasted
marmelade
orange
sweet
Spiral Balcones Texas Single Malt Edition

Balcones
Texas Single Malt Edition
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Rich Mahogany 
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Baked stone fruit with pear and banana.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Full-bodied and silky-smooth, dark toast with sweet butter and orange marmalade. 
 
Finish 
Long and balanced, with toasted caramel and baking spice. 
Price:
$68.99
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Balcones Texas Single Malt Edition is adored for its caramel, spicy, butter and pear flavor notes.

This American Whiskey is carefully distilled at Balcones distillery, United States.

Based on 1203 votes, the average rating for Balcones Texas Single Malt Edition is 6.8/10.

Top reviews for Balcones Texas Single Malt Edition:

— Very smooth, perfect finish

— Not much of a nose, but wow - what a great tasting whiskey. Shocked to see such a low rating. This is up there with Angels Rye.

— Great taste, smooth and has a nice burn going down. Taste completely changes when you add ice and you can taste the pears, apples and honey. Excellent American Whiskey! My dad who loves scotch and Irish Whiskey loves this

Balcones Texas Single Malt Edition

(0.75l, 53%)


6.8/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Balcones Texas Single Malt Edition
Stephen
Stephen,
A medley of flavors, a little bite on the back end
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Smell: alcohol, with a hint of ... Caramel? banana? Pour it into a glass, the nose develops. In a rocks glass, the nose develops. A pleasant wafting smell of caramel, and bananas, like a banana foster in a glass wafts to me nose from the table beneath. Taste: Yeap, that's a young bourbon alright. This would be fantastic in a small bar barrel. tucked away for a few months, allowed to mature, into a gentle sipping whiskey. vanilla, caramel, banana, orange? silky smooth, fire. my tongue is numb from letting it sit and swish for flavor profile development. It's strong. Of the texan tasting trio, this is by far the best one, but damn texas, don't go so big on the alcohol. It's the best nightcap/ long day of work sipper of the 3 but it's still pretty rough.
 
Jerrod
Jerrod,
Smooth
 
Joe
Joe,
Pretty surprised by the fruit on the front end but enjoyed the brown sugary mouth feel. little spice on the finish but it was short lived. very drinkable
 
Bryan
Bryan,
This is a great American single malt. Nice flavors of Caramel, pear and spice with a slightly sweet finish. Lingering notes of orange. This is a great American single malt, definitely worth trying.
 
Mr.
Mr.,
The sweetness is the first taste you feel, but then the whisky does not deliver again in the finish. I like it better then the Blue Corn, but lacks depth.
 
Brian
Brian,
Very smooth, perfect finish
 
Jay
Jay,
YUM. Lots of malty goodness. a little smoke, a little heat. wonderful.
 
Mark
Mark,
Harsh finish. Smooth at first, but a big bite at the end.
 
Mike
Mike,
Pretty spicy up front
 
Travis
Travis,
Hard to get the flavor notes with the overwhelming alcoholic kick on the back end
 
Mark
Mark,
Good mixing whiskey for Manhattans or Old Fashioned
 
Franklin
Franklin,
Not much of a nose and did not like the taste or finish. Maybe just not my cup of tea.
 
Casey
Casey,
Very smooth!
 
Edwin
Edwin,
really liked this one will definitely be getting more of this
 
Scott
Scott,
The stonefruit notes in the nose description are spot on and they show up on the front palate as well for me. Surprisingly easy drinking for the relatively high proof. Very good American Single Malt!
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Pretty average bourbon. Nothing bad but nothing great. Strong aftertaste.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
.
 
Davin
Davin,
A little sweet, but great by itself.
 
guest
guest,
Complex and enjoyable.
 
Chris
Chris,
Butterscotch deliciousness
 
Ken
Ken,
I don’t get the overall caramel note here but it’s not terrible. Maybe some pear or citrus.
 
Graham
Graham,
With a dash of water the banana and caramel aromas really shine. Definitely spicy but it’s fits. Great bourbon.
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Spicy and aromatic on the front, smokey with Carmel and oak overtones to the finish
 
Josh
Josh,
Has not been my favorite, a little heavy on the smokey taste but the spice was nice.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
I enjoy this more every time I taste it.
 
Scott
Scott,
Nice balance,sweet with a nice spice also
 
Brian
Brian,
Not bad but not my favorite. Surprisingly, I did not get a lot of caramel. A little peppery on the tip of my tongue, some butter and pear on the finish. No orange or marmalade, thankfully, no banana. Surprisingly, I got some tobacco scent... like an unlit cigarette.
 
Colton
Colton,
Buttery banana very sweet vanilla!
 
Nic
Nic,
Very tasty, slightly too spicy for me.
 
Steve
Steve,
Very smooth, i expected more burn with it being so strong, but was pleasantly surprised. Sweet and buttery with a toasty finish. Would recommend.
 
Albert
Albert,
Absolutely delicious
 
Oshen
Oshen,
I liked the Carmel Taste at the beginning and the fruity flavor at the end.
 
Robert
Robert,
Strong scent of pears and a taste of orange marmalade finishing with a pleasant lingering sweetness.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Carmel and molasses in the nose. Dried fruit and apples with a hint of spice. Finish is nice but not excessive. I am enjoying this more with each tasting.
 
Paul
Paul,
To start, I'm not a scotch drinker and keep looking for one that is not wasted on me. That being said, this stuff smelled horrible and tasted worse. I sent it to a friend who does like scotch and he said it tased like a young American attempt at a single malt with too much alcohol. I would not buy this at any price, nor would my friend.
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
Great taste! Not the burn expected from a 53% great notes and great nose! Delicious!
 
AJ
AJ,
Not much of a nose, but wow - what a great tasting whiskey. Shocked to see such a low rating. This is up there with Angels Rye.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
barrel spice oh yes
 
Jamie
Jamie,
Great taste, smooth and has a nice burn going down. Taste completely changes when you add ice and you can taste the pears, apples and honey. Excellent American Whiskey! My dad who loves scotch and Irish Whiskey loves this
 
Dennis
Dennis,
I’m not that experienced but if you like a buttery taste, you will love this.
 
Lance
Lance,
Don’t enjoy this at all. Aroma, taste, finish. All of it wasn’t enjoyable.
 
Tom
Tom,
I am a Bourbon or Rye whiskey kinda guy. This whiskey, IMAO, had a roasted taste that was too strong for me. Not a bad finish if you feel like waiting for it.
 
Michael
Michael,
I’m a big big scotch drinker and this was so damn good and a much needed change
 
Roland
Roland,
Sweet and strong
 
Steve
Steve,
Quite enjoyable
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Sweet and strong
 
Jared
Jared,
Probably not a fair rating since I’m not a fan of malt whisky. Didn’t care for it.
 
Russell
Russell,
The nose caries sweetness with dark fruits like cherries or currants. The fruit carried though in the taste with raisins and a slight spice bite. A smooth finish leaving some woodiness with dark cocoa.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
This had a nice aroma. I didn't notice a lot of flavors during the swish. The finish was okay, I don't like scotch that much, it seems to burn the back of my throat.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Very rich start and smooth finish, would recommend to anyone!
 
Scott
Scott,
Love it. Very smooth. Good flavor.
 
Clint
Clint,
Strong, sweet, and spicy.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Reasonable flavor, not as overwhelming on the caramel flavor as I was expecting. Not bad, but not great either.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Very smooth but a unique aftertone that reminds me of banana bread with walnuts. Unlike pretty much anything I've ever tried.
 
Bernadette
Bernadette,
Bit of a hard after taste but smoothed out by fruit. Very interesting!!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
I enjoyed this but feel it falls short of my current standard for an American single malt, which is Stranahan’s Diamond Peak (around the same price point). I get caramel, grain, spice but a bit of a burn on the finish.
 
Casey
Casey,
Love the flavor. Smooth and enjoyable at all times.
 
Casey
Casey,
Absolutely delicious. I am glad that I found this through a sampler.
 
Cody
Cody,
The caramel and vanilla notes dominates the nose for me. Spicy on the palate with a long finish that grows in intensity. Really liked this one.
 
Brett
Brett,
Sweet fruit and caramel, but of spice /heat but a long delicious finish
 
Francisco
Francisco,
The nose: Vanilla and maybe caramel. It definitely builds heat in the back of your mouth. The taste is smooth and not woody.
 
Tom
Tom,
Caramel, toffee, and tobacco on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel and nice malty sweetness. Hot on the finish but with a toasty note that lasts a good while.
 
Daryl
Daryl,
I dug this.
 
Brian
Brian,
Very smooth and the spice and caramel played together nicely, I got this in the 12 days of Whiskey tasting box and it is the only one I can honestly say I wanted to buy a bottle of
 
Josh
Josh,
A rather strong spice flavor with noticeable caramel notes
 
Jarod
Jarod,
Fruity scent. With a spicey, strong flavour which mellowed out very smooth and sweet. There's a lot going on within this glass.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
I can understand why this is award winning. The caramel front with the sharp back is awesome. The flavors explode in your mouth and leave with a nice tingle as you enjoy the full bodied richness.
 
Matt
Matt,
Good spice
 
Jason
Jason,
Delicious from start to finish. Sweet, smooth, fruity (but not too fruity), with a good alcohol burn. A perfect drink for sipping around the fire (either on the trail or in your backyard).
 
Huagang
Huagang,
Cowboy's fruit juice
 
Pierce
Pierce,
Smooth, a little fruity but not cloying or medicinal. Sweet, toasty finish
 
Michael
Michael,
Great aroma and finish with lots of tastes in between
 
Jamie
Jamie,
Good flavor going down but a bizarre aftertaste, a tad like bile.
 
Tom
Tom,
Spicy, dusty-dirt aftertaste, but nice finish. Some cinnamon, mineral overtones.
 
guest
guest,
It’s alright, it feels like they can’t decide if they wanted to make it sweet or spicy.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Smooth to start, but the spicy kick in the middle was a little more than i’d look for in a regular drink.
 
Jason
Jason,
It starts really harsh and then turns too sweet. It feels like a chore to drink.
 
Travis
Travis,
This whiskey is terrible. Upon tasting I found it to have a burnt rubber taste...after looking at the spiral this must be the butter taste. One of the worst whiskeys I have tasted yet.
 
Adam
Adam,
Full, well rounded, just a little too spicy.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
No, not for me. Just too harsh. I did not detect any of those flavor notes, except maybe tobacco. Adding ice did not help. Hard pass on this one.
 
Ray
Ray,
Full bodied and heavily spiced. Good but not for me.
 
Tammy
Tammy,
Oh I love the toasted bread flavor on this. Strong spice in the beginning but taste of buttered toast at the end. Nice surprise for me.
 
James
James,
Not for me. A little harsh to be enjoyable for my taste. Ice helps tone it down a bit but still the flavor is just not for me
 
Emily
Emily,
Didn't like this one, too harsh for me.
 
Peter
Peter,
Nose has a little alcohol smell to it. Strong flavor, you really taste it all. Real spice kick.
 
Michael
Michael,
This buttery smooth start is immediately met with a toasty delicious finish. This is my favorite of the Texan Spirit tasters and will be the bottle I add of the three.
 
Logan
Logan,
Very interesting whiskey. The nose was lots of butter and spice with some sweetness from the pear. The taste started out all caramel, but then switched to spice after a few seconds.
 
Gabriel
Gabriel,
Enjoyed the flavor profile. Perfect nodes of fruit and caramel.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Too Strong!!
 
Chris
Chris,
Very good. But more spice than I like but otherwise nice to drink
 
Dineth
Dineth,
I loved the smooth transition from sweet to spicy
 
Tiffany
Tiffany,
I absolutely loved this - really a great American whiskey.
 
Natasha
Natasha,
This had a strong alcohol burn and was very spicy and buttery for me. I couldn’t taste the all fruit notes from the flavor spiral either unfortunately. Very rough
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very smooth!
 
Victor
Victor,
 
Robert
Robert,
Enjoyed every sip start to finish. Definitely on the sweet side. Smooth all the way through. No smoke. No harshness. You can taste all of the ingredients clearly and it’s very pleasant and refreshing.
 
Sean
Sean,
Nice single malt, tastes of caramel and some light spice. Smooth drinking, easy after taste with very little sweetness. Not much to the complexity to this whiskey, a good choice on a cool evening.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Awful! Almost worse than the Blue corn
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is a dark copper, with red hues. Nose starts with a wash of caramel, moderately sweet. Notes of malty vanilla and subtle fresh fruit are also present. First sip is a nice mix of caramel and spice, with fruit notes and vanilla also in the picture. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the flavor is not. Additional sips add additional layers of fruits. Finish is an extension of the spice with a sweet background. Overall, very impressive offering in a young and upcoming style.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
A little bold.
 
Jackie
Jackie,
Strong alcohol, very rough.
 
Noelle
Noelle,
Enjoyable. Spicy and sweet (crassly, like a "cinnamon red hot" candy). Beautiful amber color. Not quite my style, but a lot of fun, and tasty. Great holiday dram.
 
Al
Al,
Very chocolaty. Sweet too. Malt a little more than I want.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Sweet, sherry, butter, caramel, cinnamon. Full-flavored and delicious!! Great with some ice. Smooth burn on the finish. Putting this on my wish list.
 
Ashley
Ashley,
So much here. Hot from spice and alcohol, pear and something else. Three drops of water mellows it a surprising amount. Three more for spicy caramel. That’s about all I get. Spicy caramel, hints of pear. Smooth, but too spice forward for my taste.
 
Wyatt
Wyatt,
Very smooth, but the alcohol content may have overpowered the flavor a bit.
 
Adam
Adam,
Amazing
 
Dan
Dan,
Delicious.
 
David
David,
The chocolate notes so unique and refreshing but not overpowering.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
This was a tremendous single malt. Swirled around, it revealed a number of different flavors. Very deep and delicious.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I have followed this distillery since its inception. This single malt offering is worth the search.
 
JR
JR,
53% yep you can feel it, caramel and pepper spice, I recommend a few drops of water if you want to get a feel for what it has going on under the pepper.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Aroma: hints of smoke, malt, and sweetness quickly overwhelmed by alcohol. Taste: subtle sweetness giving way to warmth. Hints of spice, toasted malt and wood. On ice: sweeter, toasted malt, hints of butter like creaminess. Not half bad! Compared to other Balconies, I like this over all. Would be happy in my collection.
 
Marques
Marques,
Absolutely delicious. It has a wonderful, complex sweetness on the nose that took me several tries to figure out. I was getting maple initially, and after a few more sniffs it turned into baked brown sugar, like you’d get in a crumble. After deciding it wasn’t either of those I finally realized that the slight bitterness at the very end of the nose made me think of fresh baked cinnamon walnut Rugelach. Still sweet like baked sugar, but with a hint of nutty ness and bitterness. Some of those flavors were still present on the taste, which was again, complex. This is the type of whiskey I’d be content to just sit and smell for hours. I’m looking forward to sitting with it for a while to unlock the taste as well.
 
Sadie
Sadie,
I’m surprised how much I liked this. I had a glass and it was good at first. I had the rest a few days later and was blown away by how much I liked it. Complex and easy drinking and a phenomenal aroma. One of my favorites now
 
Scot
Scot,
Not bad. Can’t claim the flavor spiral gets this one. I’m getting some sour, some smoke and tobacco, maybe a little banana. It’s good.
 
Alex
Alex,
I’ve had a few whiskies from Balcones and this is my favorite so far. The brilliant blending of the spice and caramel, complimented by the butter, pear and banana make this one to savor and enjoy. Not too sweet though...
 
Robert
Robert,
Loads of pear in the nose and taste. A great change of pace to my traditional Bourbons.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Bold
 
Matt
Matt,
Oak, caramel nose. Complex spirit with notes of fall spices and cinnamon baked apples.
 
Ian
Ian,
Loved it. Super Carmel nose. Great sipping whiskey.
 
Sam
Sam,
This whisky is an awesome flavor explosion
 
Matthew
Matthew,
7.5 might be more right. Tastes good, smoky, nice caramel body. Don’t mind rounding up to 8.
 
Burton
Burton,
Bold Texas style - big flavors with an alcohol punch. A nose of baked brown sugar, caramel and a whiff of fruit juice. On the palate it shifts to cherries, malt and smudge of mesquite. The alcohol sizzles the tongue. A good regional representation.
 
Todd
Todd,
Good- spicy. May be a repeat.
 
Angela
Angela,
Very nice.
 
Jeramy
Jeramy,
A Texas single malt? Nice work from the Lonestar state. Very well balanced. Enjoying this. Not as golden and smooth as a Single malt Scotch but. Wet good.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, intense, non-chill-filtered, American Single Malt Whiskey with a rich birth; while a full & silky life leads to a long & bold death with notes of toasted caramel & baking spice.
 
Jon
Jon,
I'm really glad I found this distillery, this and the Rumble are amazing of course in different ways. This, like Nikka Whisky from the Barrel is the best of two whisky worlds where scotch meets bourbon. I'm trying the 100 proof rey next! Excellent.
 
Alex
Alex,
Just weird. Taste reminded me of old shoes. I know they put a lot into this so I won’t give it too bad of a rating. Taste is subjective anyway so take my review with a grain of salt.
 
Greg
Greg,
Good stuff here! I love the spice to give it some kick but it's got a complex flavor that lasts through the swallow. Very pleased!
 
Emily
Emily,
I love all Balcones products. I'm a Texas native, and it lives up to being from the lone star state. A strong and proud sipper. Not for the faint of heart.
 
John
John,
Great flavors of caramel and orange. Just a little harsh for my taste.
 
Rob
Rob,
Nice aroma was excited to try but disappointed too spicy hides what could’ve been a very enjoyable whiskey, did have a nice finish though.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Very nice.
 
Chris
Chris,
This is easily my favorite American Single Malt.
 
chris
chris,
hint of orange , very smooth, spiced finish
 
Morgan
Morgan,
This hit most of my buttons for a thick, solid bourbon whiskey. Such heavy caramel, barrel toast, and citrus flowing through. The butter on the mouthfeel really carried it all. Good stuff.
 
Matt
Matt,
Nice and smooth! Perfect drink to end the day
 
Paul
Paul,
Loved it; very buttery and thick, long sweet marmalade finish; like a fall/autumn dessert whisky
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Love this. It’s smoother than a Texas river stone and warm on the tongue and the finish is fruity and just slightly spicy. This is delicious.
 
Alex
Alex,
Full flavored but still smooth.
 
James
James,
I love it. Spicy start and a smooth finish.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Awww man, almost a 10. So good.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Excellent for an American single malt! Rich with a spicy citrus flavor and a Caramel flavor and leathery butterscotch finish.
 
Marc
Marc,
My bottle was bitter and left a burnt aftertaste. The nose was wonderful, and I had high expectations... but I was disappointed. I understand that there was a falling out in the operations at the distillery, and this may have been the result. Oh well... win some, lose some.
 
Reginald
Reginald,
Very young but Darn good...
 
Chris
Chris,
I had one of the first editions of this, and finished the bottle with friends in one night. Exceptional. This craft single malt is unlike other single malt scotch whiskies, a bit sweeter and heavier on the wood taste wise.
 
Eric
Eric,
Tasty but overpriced.
 
guest
guest,
Love it! Like having a peanut butter & jelly sandwich near a brush fire on a Texas summer day
 
guest
guest,
Very strong smell but when tasting it has an excellent smoothness to it that makes you want to have more
 
Brian
Brian,
Balcones won all of these kudos using product from master distiller Chip Tate. There was a family feud at Balcones (See the New York Times) and he was ousted from his own distillery! This is product from one of his assistants, who took over the distillery. Not sure how good it will be, and the lineage doesn't really apply since it was a product launched after the feud. I can say that their Baby Blue's latest incarnation is not quite up to the same standard as the stuff that was winning medals in London and elsewhere.
 
Cliff
Cliff,
Strong with a lot of heat
 
Robert
Robert,
Flavors in reverse. Smokey start and a sweet finish. If I could only drink one whiskey for the rest of my life it would be this one.
 
John
John,
Non chill filtered, higher ABV, single malt from the Lone Star State! Rich buttery goodness this! Smooth, sweet, rich red fruit and it finishes long; which is a very good thing!
 
guest
guest,
The whip and cigar are good together for skin stimulus
 
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