Where To Buy Balcones Whiskey
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Where To Buy Balcones Whiskey
First is that if an independent operation is running a good business and making great whisky as Balcones certainly do, Diageo may eventually come calling flowers in hand and ready to woo. Sales of US whiskey are rising and show no signs of stopping, with super premium whisk(e)y seeing a compound annual growth rate of 13.3% covering 2016-2021 and American single malt growing at 18.2% over the same period, according to the IWSR. So by buying up the right kind of operation that is ready to sell, it seems Diageo is making a pretty safe bet.
This (probable) future legal whiskey category was originally spearheaded by The American Single Malt Commission, by a group of 9 distilleries, including Balcones and Westward, which eventually grew to 170 lobbying the TTB. Through the acquisition, Diageo will eventually reap the rewards of this laudable and progressive campaign and be involved in how this category develops over time.
Balcones started operations in 2008 in an old welding shop below the 17th Street viaduct, producing what its operators at the time called the first craft whiskey to be sold in Texas in the modern era. Its founder, Chip Tate, learned traditional Scotch distilling methods in Scotland and built the distilling equipment and barreling process, tweaking it to speed up aging.
The next step in creating Baby Blue is distillation. The fermented liquid is heated in copper stills until it boils off into vapor form. This vapor then goes through multiple columns to separate out the different molecules in order to create different types of alcohol (such as whiskey or vodka). Once distilled, the spirit is then aged in charred oak barrels for up to three years before being bottled as Balcones Baby Blue whisky.
Balcones Baby Blue was first produced in 2009 by Chip Tate, an experienced distiller. Tate was inspired to craft this whiskey after tasting a sample of English single malt whisky while visiting Scotland in 2008. He wanted to make something that would rival that particular whisky and thus created Balcones Baby Blue.
Like most whiskeys, Balcones Baby Blue is aged for several years before being bottled and sold. Its aging process takes place in ex-Bourbon barrels that are charred on the inside for extra flavor. Additionally, some editions are aged in used rum or wine barrels to impart additional notes into the whiskey before bottling.
If you like mules, but want something a bit more unique than the classic Moscow Mule, try making a Smokey Mule with Balcones Baby Blue whiskey. The smokiness of the whiskey pairs perfectly with the crispness of ginger beer and lime juice. To make this cocktail, combine 2 ounces of Baby Blue whiskey with 4 ounces of ginger beer in an ice-filled copper mug. Squeeze in half a lime and garnish with a lime wedge for extra flavor. Enjoy!
Balcones Texas Rye Whisky is a handcrafted, small batch whiskey made from 100% rye mashbill. This unique whiskey was distilled in copper pot stills, bringing new subtlety and perspective to the approach. The result is a complex and flavorful whiskey with notes of crystal, chocolate and roasted rye.
The super-premium-and-above whiskey segment has seen consistent volume growth in the US, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.3% from 2016 to 2021, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis volume data cited by our sister publication, The Spirits Business.
Claudia Schubert, president Diageo North America, commented: We are delighted to welcome Balcones Distilling into Diageo. The Balcones team are true innovators and pioneers in the emerging American single malt and Texas whiskey movements, and their super-premium-plus whiskeys are highly complementary to our whisky portfolio.
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