Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky
Nose: Vanilla, caramel with oak notes and nuttiness.
Palate: Sweet coffee and caramel is met by the rich corn followed by heat from some spicier notes.
Finish: Medium length, with the sweetness and spice remaining to the end.
Overall: As the first Texan whisk(e)y and the first Blue Corn whisk(e)y, and with much of the distilling equipment having been hand built by Balcones’ Chip Tate, this is perhaps unsurprisingly somewhat unique but quite fascinating.
Maker’s Mark 46
Nose: Complex with toasted hazelnuts, maple syrup, honey and nutmeg as well as a hint of espresso.
Palate: Thick and sweet with plenty of cinnamon. Spicy oak, cereal notes and caramel.
Finish: Long, sweet and spiced whilst retaining a lightness.
Overall: To introduce a new product after 52 years could be seen as a pretty serious risk. They need not have worried, ‘46’ is recognisably Maker’s whilst having its own complex, spicy character that sets it apart – bravo!