Balcones Brimstone Corn Whisky
Spirit: Corn Whisky
Origin: Texas USA
Strength: 106/53% alcohol
Distiller Notes: Craft distiller Balcones created this smoky corn whisky, fittingly named the Brimstone, by smoking the whisky itself rather than the grain. It is innovative techniques such as this which are creating a buzz around American whiskey at the moment.
This is a novelty. Its not something you must try, nor keep in your personal bar. It is, however, a great conversation piece. It is not cheap at $65/bottle, but once you open it, you are either going to love it or hate it, but you won’t be able to have more than one in either case. The best way to describe it is if you took decent whiskey and poured it over a wooden campfire and what drained out off the burning logs and filtered into your glass, this is what it would taste like (assuming the high 106 proof alcohol content did not burn off). While that does not sound appealing to many, for some of us, that is an interesting thought. We envision late Summer and early Autumn evenings while out camping, hiking or hunting, or even just sipping with some outdoor smoke barbecue foods.
The concept is they used scrubbed charred barrels to age the whiskey. So imagine if you will, the inside of a barrel being scrapped up so the wood is not smooth but rough and more of its flavors are infiltrating the whiskey.
The result is something a scotch lover might find interest in, but the truth is, its very overpowering, even if you love it, you wont have more than one before moving on to something smoother afterward in the same sitting.