True Blue Straight Corn Whiskey
Balcones Distilling LLC
Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.5
Nose: Beautiful grain bouquet. Vanilla and white cherry. Wood with white pepper, cardamom and butterscotch.
Palate: Vanilla is distinguished at first sip, with herbaceous basil and sage. Toffee, oak and cayenne pepper. Nice dark raisin and hints of milk chocolate.
Finish: Bold and distinct wood first, which mellow quickly to sweet raisin and corn.
Comment: An unexpected complexity makes for an surprising cocktail that your guests will enjoy.
Susan Reigler – 8.0
Nose: Candy corn, vanilla and banana. There’s cinnamon and even milk chocolate. Unexpectedly complex nose for this style.
Palate: There’s still plenty of candy corn and vanilla. There’s virtually no fruit or spice in the mouth, though.
Finish: Warmth with a great deal of oak spice, an interesting root beer-like note at the end that had not been present.
Comment: Very smooth for a 100 proof whiskey. It shows character, but I do wish the palate had lived up to the nose.