Issue Four Peggy Noe Stevens Susan Reigler Tastings

Balcones – Blue Straight Corn Whiskey

True Blue Straight Corn Whiskey 
Balcones Distilling LLC

Proof: 100
ABV: 50%
Style: Corn
State: TX
Price: $$$

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.

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