American Whiskey - Blended

Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky

From: Texas, United States Liquor Review Category: Blended American Whiskey

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93rd Percentile
This score falls in the 93rd percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • 2016

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Baby Blue Corn Whisky is one of the initial whiskey launches of the Texas craft-distiller Balcones. It styles itself as the first legal whiskey distilled in Texas since Prohibition. It is made exclusively from Hopi Blue Corn and in the words of the distiller, "as far as we know the only blue corn whiskey made anywhere." They suggest serving neat or with bit of water or ice.

Baby Blue is made with 100% blue corn--or roasted "atole, a Hopi blue corn meal"--which they believe makes a unique whisky. There is no age statement... at this time we don't know if the color comes from a coloring agent or aging.

The distiller has adopted the Scottish/Canadian styling of whiskey spelled without the "ey", though most American whiskeys are labeled with the "ey"..

Balcones Distillery is a craft-distiller in Texas founded by Chip Tate and said to be named for a geological fault line running through Texas. Not only do they craft their own spirits from scratch but actually built and installed all of their equipment. Their whiskey first made market in September of 2009. Buoyed by early success, Balcones sought investment equity for a $15 million expansion through majority shareholder Greg Allen... this resulted in a break-up where Chip Tate left the company after a buyout. The company is now owned and managed by PE Investors, LLC and will move forward with the multi-million dollar expansion in 2015. (The full story offered by the NY Times.)

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This bottle has 3 ratings and 3 reviews.
WhiskyChick WhiskyChick (24) (2016-05-03)
This one is deliciously different. It's light and softly sweet - a great after dinner dessert dram and perfect for guests who are new to the spirit. I've gotten a teetotaller to finish a bottle...
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thebeardedweiss thebeardedweiss (19) (2012-11-16)
Its way too sweet for my taste. It reminds me of drinking the White Dog at various bourbon tours, which is great if youre into that style.
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degbert degbert (147) (2011-08-19)
Amazing. When I first tasted this two years ago, it was definitely corn-flavored, but as it has aged it's gotten sweeter, richer, and better. Definitely a great option for bourbon drinkers; it makes a killer old-fashioned.
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