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Balcones Brujeria

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  • Distiller:

    Balcones

  • Bottler:

    Balcones

  • ABV:

    62.9%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Intro:

    I tried this dram blind, and was given the reveal after submitting notes. This is Balcones Brujeria - an American Single Malt that is finished in Oloroso and PX sherry casks and bottled at cask strength. Let's see how I did.

  • Nose:

    Rich tobacco, honey, caramel and molasses. Worth noting the color is just bonkers. Sweet but closed on the nose.

  • Taste:

    Thick mouthfeel but oh so hot. Pepper, oak, nice cocoa component with some port notes. Rich currant, syrupy berry and maple. So hot, though.

  • Finish:

    Long, but powerful and hot. The sherry character is undeniable, but it's almost bittering. The pang of tannins, coupled with the heat lead me to believe this is a fairly young malt that's being wine flogged. It's not bad, but it's unbalanced.

  • Overall:

    I'm going to guess this is scotch, or a certain international distiller, and it's 5-11 years old. Heavily sherried, possibly port pipe, at around 60% ABV. It's worth noting that all of the fruits hide behind a large oaky figure, and it's bitter. This is revealed to me as Balcones Brujeria, or witchcraft, and it's about 2 years old and matured in the Texas heat in various dessert wine barrels. I was a little off on proof, fairly off on distiller, but I still feel pretty good about this overall. That said, I wouldn't buy it.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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