#019 • Brimstone Balcones

53% alc./vol.
Balcones Distillery, Waco, Texas, United States

We have saved a particularly epic whiskey for the end. Brimstone means 'sulfur', and the biblical phrase fire and brimstone translates to "fire and brimstone," which are often described as the instruments of God's wrath.

It is wood smoke and not peat that was used to distil this whiskey. We have burned oak chips to smoke the blue corn that is at the base of this nectar, which explains its singular nature.

Some of my readers will remember that when I talked about Smokehead, I said that the 18 Extra Black expression has aged at Mordor. Well, if that's the case, there's no question that Brimstone has been distilled Orodruin, the Mountain of Destiny. This is honestly my favorite of the evening and be assured that every time I set foot in the United States, I will move heaven and earth to find even a bottle.

Nose:
Campfire, sausages on fire, wet cottage between friends, BACON, BACON, re-BACON behind ... But for real, bacon. Never seen.

Taste:
Still the log cabin, anchorite deep in the Yukon. No more masses of selfish and antisocial people filling the malls at Christmas. I close my eyes and let the Brimstone take me away from the crowd.

Finish:
Long, woody and spicy. From the block, the wood stove, the smoked gouda. I have never seen a similar finale. I do not lie to you, after an hour and a half it was still tasting. Postage stamp glue.

Balance:
When you say that brandy warms the heart, Brimstone is pretty good. Smoke so original that it would not hurt anyone if distillers of the Islay were going to visit the guys from Waco.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#018 • Balcones True Blue

57.8% alc./vol.
Balcones Distillery, Waco, Texas, United States

The big brother cask strength Baby Blue, True Blue is the most powerful alcohol of the evening, hence the choice to enjoy it in penultimate.

Not having diluted the True Blue may seem bold, but oh so much. As much as I found the Baby Blue uninteresting, as True Blue throws me on the ground in comparison.

Its tone of a darker and deeper amber announces all that a party ...

Nose:
Explosion of toffee in the face, followed by a pinch of corn and curiously steak spices. More or less complex. I admit to being a bit disappointed, but we must not stop at the nose. But now I'm wrong, we feel it again and we find a little caramel to return quickly on the toffee. Ouroboros in liquid gold.

Taste:
Although there are the same notes as the Baby Blue in general, the fact that the True Blue is barrel gives it an additional dimension. We like it or we do not like it. In this case I like it.

Finish:
We could make a movie and call it "Until the end of the ear". After the last sip, a touch of very sexy smoke makes you forget the Baby Blue.

Balance:
This whiskey proves to me that we should never have diluted Baby Blue. On the other hand, I must admit to having no experience of distillery, so I am possibly in the field.

As Jared Himstedt would say:

Who are you to tell me how to dilute my whiskey?

Note: ★★★★★