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Balcones Fifth Anniversary Straight Malt 1 Whisky

From: Texas, United States Liquor Review Category: Single Malt American Whiskey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2014

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Balcones 5th anniversary whiskies are a run of limited edition spirits and the straight malts were limited to only 200 bottles. The aging was done in Balcones barrels that previously aged their Brimstone and Rumble products. The "malt" whisky suggest a 100% malted barley grain whisky in the style of Irish whiskey or scotch (the "straight" suggesting 2 years of aging).

Balcones 5th Anniversary Straight Malt whisky was named Best Craft Distiller Whiskey in the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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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