Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky
Made from Hopi blue corn, Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky is the first whisky made in Texas since Prohibition.
$56.99 Retail Price
Proof: 92 (46% ABV)
Distiller: Balcones Distillery
Availability: This product is not available in AL, AK, AR, DE, KS, HI, MA, MN, MD, MS, NH, PA, TX or UT.
Strong notes of butter and masa corn meal predominate this smooth whiskey. With hints of marzipan, toasted almonds, smoked chillies and dark chocolate, this whiskey has a fresh baked bread aroma.
Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky isn’t just the first whisky made in Texas since Prohibition, it’s also the first and only blue corn whisky made anywhere in the world. Distilled twice and aged in five-gallon oak barrels, Baby Blue is a hand-crafted spirit made inside a hand-crafted distillery. Every square inch of Balcones Distilling, from the 235-gallon copper pot stills hammered by hand to the woodwork and copper plumbing, was made by the distillers at Balcones. “Our equipment is built exactly the way we want it,” says Chip Tate, master distiller at Balcones – “we know because we built it that way.”
With more than 15 years of experience as a home brewer and a diploma from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London, Tate is serious about making a premium Texas whisky. Balcones Baby Blue is made from roasted Hopi blue corn and has notes of butter, toasted almonds, masa, and smoked peppers. Still, it’s the gorgeous midnight blue kernels, packed with a rich, roasty nuttiness, that earned Baby Blue the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 4.5 stars from Drink Spirits. “I wanted some corn with guts and really nice flavor,” Tate says. He tried many varieties of corn, “but only the Hopi blue corn had depth and elegance needed to create something truly exceptional.”
Balcones never uses chill filtering or caramel coloring in making Baby Blue Whisky. Instead, Balcones uses only fresh New Mexican blue corn, ferments its own wash and distills the product from start to finish, going so far as to number each bottle by hand. “We’re trying to do something that’s novel,” he says. “More importantly, we’re trying to do something that’s authentic.”
Enjoy Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky. Bigger and bolder, this isn’t just a whisky from Texas – it’s a Texas whisky.