Balcones Brimstone whisky was launched in 2011 from the Balcones distillery in Texas. It is made with a 100% base of corn. It is their Baby Blue (though coming in at a scorching 106 proof, higher than the Baby Blue's 92) made with an infusion of smoke from Texas scrub oak in a process that is claimed to be a "tightly held secret" according to the write-up a the Tipsy Texan, where they call it a "cross between a campfire and a glass of peated scotch." For the moment, we have opted to list this as a blended whiskey to group it with other primarily corn whiskey.
The sun-baked Texas scrub oak imparts a bold smokiness which is balanced by aromas of corn husk, confectioners sugar, graham crackers, chili peppers, BBQ pit and stone fruit. Sweet tea, butter, orange marmalade, fruit cocktail and chili peppers flavors come together nicely to create a long, dry finish that features slight mineral and smoky notes. With Brimstone, Chip Tate continues to assert his leadership of the craft distiller movement in Texas.
(106º) Made from 100% blue corn, this whiskey is smoked using Texas scrub oak rather than traditional Scottishpeat. Using new distilling techniques, Chip is writing a new chapter in Texas whiskey history.
Serve neat, over a little ice or cool water.