Balcones “MIRADOR” Texas Single Malt Whisky
Mirador is a second fill barrel malt profile whisky. This bottling is made up of whiskies ranging from 2-5 years in age but because all of the aging took place in used casks, the oak profile comes across much softer than some of their whiskies that are only half as old.
This release is another limited edition whisky released in honor of the 10th anniversary of Balcones Distilling in Waco, Texas. First made available the last weekend of June 2018, this single malt is made up of whiskies aged just under two years to almost 5 years in used casks. Bottled at 54.8% ABV, availability limited to the distillery and the state of Texas.
You just have to love the charming, independent, and rebellious spirit of Texas. Balcones Distilling is based in Waco — just about half way between Dallas and Austin. Texas is a big state, and they like everything big… big steaks, big trucks, big hats, and big flavors. Balcones is still a small distillery (thank goodness!), but it is filled with big ideas. They hand-make a range of Whiskies, Rums, and mysterious fiddly Spirits, all of which are unabashedly crafted with the big flavors they love. These Spirits are top notch, and they have the awards to prove it.
Balcone LOVES to experiment. And they have been tinkering with Single Malt Whisky for a while — yes, we said Texas Single Malt.
Well, in addition to the Balcones 1 Single Malt in their core range, they have Balcones Mirador as an annual release. It starts a blend of their same pot-stilled Single Malt mash. But it’s aged a little longer in second-fill casks (from two to five years) and bottled a tad bit stronger (54.8% ABV), yielding a smoother flavor profile without losing a step of flavor.
Appearance / Color:
Nose / Aroma / Smell:
The aroma is fruit-forward with Anjou pear, apple cider, honeysuckle, hay, and leather.
Flavor / Taste / Palate:
The Spirit is soft on the tongue with fresh herbal notes over apple cobbler, anise, fennel, lemon curd, and soft baking spices.
The finish is medium length with lingering notes of citrus and mixed woods.