Balcones Whiskey Flight

Balcones Whiskey Flight

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One Texan, three spectacular American Whiskeys
Whiskey royalists say real American Whiskey comes from Kentucky. That may be true, but the Lone-star fellas sure as heck aren’t sitting idly and will make the big boys sweat on their throne. Down in Waco, rivers of top-notch hooch are flowing: rugged Bourbons, delicious Single Malts, and liquid redefinitions of what an American Whiskey can be.
Balcones distillery is a small establishment with big ideas and an army of awards. The fact that their Single Malt received over fifty accolades should be enough of a reason to consider treason and declare it the true American Whiskey. We’re not here to incite riots – we love the Kentuckians and the Tennessean as much as the next guy, but America is big enough for more than three Whiskey kingdoms.
This box brings three princes: a fantastic Baby Blue (made from blue corn, no relation to Heisenberg’s ice), the overachieving Single Malt magic, and a lit 100% Rye Whiskey. The trio of bottles tells a story of ingenuity and love for the craft dating back to the frontier times. The Spirits are of different characters, but they belong to the same Tejano family.
If Texans, god forbid, decide to become independent, they already have all the key pillars of independence: great manners, wonderful country tunes, superb food, and now spectacular Whiskies. We can hear Kentucky shuffle nervously as you try these awe-inspiring Spirits and become a part of a Texas Whiskey Big Bang that is happening right now. 
Cheers y'all!
Smartass Corner
1) Not all American Whiskey is Bourbon. It also includes rye, rye malt, malt, wheat and corn Whiskeys. American Whiskey is made of a mixture of various grains following a particular formula called a mash bill. Bourbon’s main ingredient is corn, while the components of rye, wheat and corn Whiskeys are quite obvious.
2) American Whiskey was originally mainly made of rye, joined by other types when the colonists started distilling domestic corn. The settlers said the corn was a gift from the Native Americans and the rest is history.
3) Baby Blue Whiskey is made from blue corn, also known as Rio Grande Blue, which grows in Mexico and the Southwestern US. It has a sweet flavor and is commonly used to make tortillas. The richness and oiliness bring round nuttiness, roasted overtones and refined complexity to a Whiskey. It's a true Texas original and we can talk about terroir.
4) For a long time, Texans had to look outside their borders for a good dram of Whiskey. Surprisingly, the greatest hit in Texas isn't Kentucky Bourbon, but a mild-tasting Canadian Whisky. When Chip Tate and Stephen Germer began making Balcones' first Whiskey, they decided to make corn Whiskey - namely from the endemic blue corn.
5) Prohibition shut down the majority of booze-making establishments in Texas. The first post-prohibition distillery was founded in 1995 and only 10 new manufacturers popped up between then and 2008. Today, however, there are more than 100 active licenses in the Lone-Star State.
6) Maturing Whiskey in Texas is a double-edged sword. On one hand, the angels are greedy due to the climate and take a larger share than in other parts of the country, but on the other, the intense maturation environment means more wood character in shorter time. It's quality over quantity in Texas.
7) The idea of "Texas Whiskey" is relatively new and the big Texan wave is yet to come when the process of maturation is complete for the first batches. There is a lot of experimentation and Mark McDavid of Ranger Creek believes "Texas Whiskey" is a big concept with many definitions.

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Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Balcones Whiskey Flight
The best of the three was the Single Malt. Smooth overall and I loved the caramel and citrus notes. Decent balance of spice in there. The rye comes in second and the baby blue comes in 4th. I absolutely hated the smell. It was buttery (on point to the spiral). It was like old popcorn in a horse barn. The flavors were on point and I detected most in all three. Baby blue was terrible in my opinion. I do not regret my selection. They were unique and a fun experience. I learn so much from these. The rye smelled earthy and the butter note was repulsive. What made the rye interesting was the chocolate, mint, and cocoa notes. They stood out on the palate, and was perhaps the best part of the experience. I encourage other to try this, but these are not whiskeys I would pay for again and add to my collection. 5 stars because the flavors were on point and because the selection was unique. Single malt pretty good; rye good; baby blue (is giving me PTSD now).
Quite a difference in the three spirits. The blue corn sweetness jumps out at you. The single malt caramel and leathery nose is like a warm comfortable hug. The Rye, well, I really only. Started to enjoy it after drinking about half the sample and I got used to the up front tobacco tones and a lingering chocolate mint flavor. Would buy any of the three in full size.
Don’t allow my 2-star rating convince you not to try this. There is significant value to be had here, both in things you enjoy and in things you don’t. None of these made my mouth happy. Only the rye generated positive feelings. The Baby Blue and the Single Malt were among the most unappetizing spirits I’ve ever tasted. Both smelled so strongly of bad tequila that I nearly elected not to taste. So where’s the significant value? Now I know to pass these up each and every time I see them. Definitely not for me.
All 3 were bad. They all tasted the same just varying levels of the same bad flavor.
Excellent stuff. All three were very interesting but the Single Malt stood out as the CLEAR winner. The Rye legit smelled like tobacco and chocolate mint. The blue corn was buttery vanilla and the single malt was incredibly hefty and complex with a sweet and insanely smooth finish for 53%. Only gripe is the price of flights in general.
I did not like any of these. Tasted like gas. The Rye was OK Glad I did a tasting box rather than an entire bottle
I very much enjoyed this trio. Generally, I do not like whiskeys with dominant spicy flavors, a little is preferred . These have a smooth sweetness I really liked with just enough spice. So much so that I purchased two bottles (blue corn & single malt), and will likely buy more.
This was my least favorite tasting kit so far. I had been looking forward to trying
So to be fair upfront, I am now obsessed with this company after trying the pot bourbon. If you have the membership and get a free sampler every 3 months, I definitely suggest picking this one. I am not saying that all 3 bottles are great (I reviewed them individually), but if you are trying to explore, this pack does the job. You really get 3 very different perspectives on 3 very different whiskeys.
Baby Blue was a little light, was looking for more favor.
The rye wasn’t very good but the other two were decent.
Didn’t like the rye at all. The blue was ok. It was the single malt that made this taster set worth it!
Not a fan of this taster. The blue corn tasted like fake butter and the rye reminded me of the days I put dip in my mouth which is not a good memory. The single malt was the better of the 3 but I still got hints of fake butter mixed with banana - not a good combination.
My husband and I shared the tasting and we enjoyed the Baby Blue along with the Rye Whiskey. Truthfully, this was our first tasting and it was quite enjoyable. We can't wait for the next opportunity.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed these. The Baby Blue was pretty good, the Single Malt notably better (IMO), and while I'm not generally a Rye guy, I liked the Rye a lot more than I expected!
It’s okay. The corn whisky obviously isn’t my thing.
A very good Whiskey Flight from Balcones!
Not a huge fan. The bourbon wasn't smooth like it should be and the Rye was just ok. I'm not a scotch drinker, but the single malt whiskey i was told tasted like a pretty good scotch.
The Texas rye 100 proof was the best one and it wasnt even that good. Not a fan
All very good!
This flight surprise me but was good. Number one was the Texas Rye 100 proof! I thought it was going to be harsh from the smell but it tasted very smooth on the tongue with a little bit of chocolate and pepper. Second, baby blue corn whiskey. It had an overall smooth and spicy flavor that I liked but not too spicy. Last was Texas single malt edition. If strongest at 106 proof but still was very smooth. I tasted more spiciness in this one overall. Overall I enjoyed all of them And would enjoy sipping any of them. I will definitely be buying the Texas rye.
Variety, and that baby blue buttery goodness mm mm. I'm gettin a bottle. This is what I wanted from Flaviar.
Was not a fan of the Balcones Whiskey flight but waiting for my next group to come. Great to try....shared with friends...
Not a big fan of this one. The rye was actually the smoothest of the three which I was surprised by.
This box gave me exactly what I was looking for when I signed up for Flaviar. Excellent variety and now a new favorite.
I completely agree. Variety and a new favorite.
Not a fan of Balcones and can say it will never be on my shelf.
Texas rye was a pleasant surprise!
Loved the Baby Blue and enjoyed the Single Malt. However the Rye was nearly undrinkable to me, tried mixing it down into a cocktail and even that wasn't enough to calm the ethanol-esque flavor.
I thought it was smooth and delicious. The Texas single malt was my favorite.
All three have that butter flavor. Not a fan. Leave the butter flavor in the baked cookies and out of my whiskey.
Wasn’t a fan of any of these. Really looked forward to tasting but very disappointed.
The Baby Blue Corn was outstanding! The other two not so much.
At first sip I didn’t fall in love, but then it went down smooth on ice
The aroma was much different than each taste. I enjoyed each one...the rye best.
Single malt was delicious
I’ve had a fair amount of various whiskeys. Balcones is a very bold rough taste. All three samples from this distillery were my least favorite ever.
It’s was good each had a different bite to it
Very raw moonshine taste.
The single malt was very good and the first one I tried so I was really looking forward to the rest. The Rye was horrible, gagged on the first sip and I am primarily a Rye drinker, very disappointed. The blue corn was ok if you like that lightly aged moonshine taste, not my thing but not horrible either.
Wow, amazing Flavors of caramel and butter and corn. In joyed this thoroughly
Packaging: top notch! Taste: only cared one of the three. However, my tasting partner enjoyed two of the three!
Three very different approaches to unique whiskey. All three are very smooth and comfortably warm.
These are probably the worst bourbons and ryes that I have ever had. Way too much wood... Mesquite maybe? Pure ethanol awfulness
The Single Malt was the only redeeming whiskey in this set. The other 2 seemed heavily played with to enhance flavors that did not work well.
The Texas Rye and single malt were treats for sure
Tastes like burnt wood.
Not what I was hoping for. Not smooth, punch you in the face taste of alcohol.
In comparing it to other whiskeys available on this site: blue could stand its own but the other two would struggle.
The rye was underwhelming the baby blue was awesome
This is a mixed bag... I loved Baby Blue, liked Texas Single Malt, and was underwhelmed by the Rye. Still worth the tasting.
Too buttery
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