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« Reply #725 on: August 06, 2013, 09:29:17 am »
Something interesting I just picked up.  Balcones Single Malt Whisky.  Haven't tried it yet.  Cask strength - 53% by volume.  Single barrel production.  No age stated.  Waco Texas.  Go figure.   Nice to see something good come out of Waco.

Will report impressions after tasting a dram or two.

http://www.balconesdistilling.com/singlemalt

Spent a little time with this malt this weekend.  It is nice.  Being cask strength, it needs a bit more water to overcome the alcohol and release the flavored.  Also benefits from time in the glass to open up a bit more. Predominant theme is the barley cereal malt, with vanilla and some licorice.  It is very firm and dry.  Lacks a certain sweetness that would make it more well-rounded.

Aged in bourbon barrels only, as far as I can tell, so no sherry flavors.

No maritime character, nor could there honestly be.  Smoke is light, which is somewhat surprising.

In all, it is a nice, above average middleweight.  Nice, but neither distinctive nor exceptional.

The US simply lacks the terroir to make real Scottish style single-malt.

Yet, it does have a certain character.  I think future bottlings from this distillery will be better when they have enough stock aging to release age stated 12-15 year olds.  A good start.
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    « Reply #726 on: August 07, 2013, 12:50:11 am »
    Thanks for the write-up.  Several countries produce a reasonable analog for single malt Scotch whisky.  Germany and Japan come to mind and now the U.S.A. as well.  I'm not sure I agree with your contention about the terroir.  I've been to several places in the west and Midwest that could easily be mistaken for Scotland.  The landforms are similar as is the mineral content of the soil.  Water is less important as it can conform to a recipe as needed.  Evidence of this can be seen in some of the very good varietal wines being produced all over the U.S.A. from European root stock.    And, for the record, sherry wood aging is overrated.  It works fine for sherry - not so much for other things.   imho.   
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    « Reply #727 on: August 21, 2013, 11:43:47 pm »
    We just started carrying Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier at my store. I'm given to understand that it tastes very similar to the Edelweiss beer I liked back when I was in Salzburg, and it was on a special introductory sale. It was my day off today, so I stopped at the store (it's on the way back from the range) and picked up a six-pack. Haven't tried it yet, but I'll let y'all know what I think.
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    « Reply #728 on: August 22, 2013, 10:36:18 am »
    Something interesting I just picked up.  Balcones Single Malt Whisky.  Haven't tried it yet.  Cask strength - 53% by volume.  Single barrel production.  No age stated.  Waco Texas.  Go figure.   Nice to see something good come out of Waco.

    Will report impressions after tasting a dram or two.

    http://www.balconesdistilling.com/singlemalt
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    « Reply #729 on: August 22, 2013, 11:14:37 am »
    ^ Yes.  Here:

    http://caskstrength.blogspot.com/2012/12/best-in-glass-award-2012-winning-whisky.html?m=1

    The eligibility criteria is very narrow.  Only new releases are considered.

    Even so, it came out on top.  Good news for American whisky (without the e).

    Probably would not score as will against the best top flight established single malt offerings, but this is a great start.
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    « Reply #730 on: August 22, 2013, 11:09:13 pm »
    Makers Mark vs Bulleit Bourbon

    which one would you take if you had the chance to pick one?

    I might get some for my birthday soon.
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    « Reply #731 on: August 22, 2013, 11:19:02 pm »
    Maker's Mark is a little sweeter. Bulleit Bourbon has a bit more rye in the mash so it's got that rye heat to it.

    I think I'd take the Maker's Mark for mixing and the Bulleit for enjoying by itself. That's just me though.
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    « Reply #732 on: August 22, 2013, 11:55:22 pm »
    I drink my stuff neat, so Bulleit it is.
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    « Reply #733 on: August 22, 2013, 11:56:33 pm »
    Don't overlook Buffalo Trace Bourbon!
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    « Reply #734 on: August 22, 2013, 11:58:04 pm »
    Maker's Mark is a little sweeter. Bulleit Bourbon has a bit more rye in the mash so it's got that rye heat to it.

    I think I'd take the Maker's Mark for mixing and the Bulleit for enjoying by itself. That's just me though.
    I'd second that.    :cool      Either one makes a pretty good sippin' whisky but I think the edge would go to Bulleit for me.   
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    « Reply #735 on: August 23, 2013, 01:27:05 am »
    The bottle I pick would be like a gift.

    What I am going to buy with my own money is some Laphroaig. I've been wanting to try some of that Islay for a while. 
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    « Reply #736 on: August 23, 2013, 07:43:22 am »
    The bottle I pick would be like a gift.

    What I am going to buy with my own money is some Laphroaig. I've been wanting to try some of that Islay for a while.

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    « Reply #737 on: August 24, 2013, 02:37:55 am »
    Its sort of like getting slapped by your hot girlfriend.  Its surprising and you're not entirely sure you like it but you're intrigued by the possibilities.   :cool
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    « Reply #738 on: August 24, 2013, 03:28:28 am »
    Its sort of like getting slapped by your hot girlfriend.  Its surprising and you're not entirely sure you like it but you're intrigued by the possibilities.   :cool

    Would she have red hair?

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    « Reply #739 on: August 24, 2013, 03:44:18 am »
    Don't ask me - she's your girlfriend.   It's entirely possible though considering we are discussing Islay.    :cool
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    « Reply #740 on: August 24, 2013, 01:35:45 pm »

    Would she have red hair?

    She can have whatever color hair you want.


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    « Reply #741 on: August 24, 2013, 01:39:47 pm »
    Would she have red hair?

    Don't ask me - she's your girlfriend.   It's entirely possible though considering we are discussing Islay.    :cool

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    « Reply #742 on: August 27, 2013, 07:54:30 pm »
    Finally got around to trying the Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbeir I bought last week.

    Very good. Not bitter at all. In fact, I daresay it's a little on the sweet side. Not as good as the Edelwiess I had in Austria (or at least not as good as I remember it being), but still surprisingly tasty. I still wish I could find Edelweiss around here, but this stuff will make a more than adequate substitute.
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    « Reply #743 on: August 27, 2013, 09:32:37 pm »
    Try the local brewery we have here, http://www.madbrew.com/, pretty good selection and come highly recommended.
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    « Reply #744 on: August 27, 2013, 11:15:55 pm »
    Finally got around to trying the Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbeir I bought last week.

    Very good. Not bitter at all. In fact, I daresay it's a little on the sweet side. Not as good as the Edelwiess I had in Austria (or at least not as good as I remember it being), but still surprisingly tasty. I still wish I could find Edelweiss around here, but this stuff will make a more than adequate substitute.


    I wish I could like Hefeweizen.

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    « Reply #745 on: August 30, 2013, 03:02:08 am »
    Locally brewed in SF.

    It's not even funny to see how many craft breweries we have in this state.

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    « Reply #746 on: August 30, 2013, 10:59:42 pm »
    Thanks for the great beer recommendation.  Was out to dinner for the anniversary a couple of weeks ago and got to try Moose Drool for the first time.  It is a great beer.  I had forgotten how much I like brown ale.  I also had a Kilt Lifter, great flavor, but a bit hoppy for my tastes.  With being on call all the time, I cannot remember the last time I had two beers in one day. 
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    « Reply #747 on: September 02, 2013, 12:29:05 am »
    Thanks for the great beer recommendation.  Was out to dinner for the anniversary a couple of weeks ago and got to try Moose Drool for the first time.  It is a great beer.  I had forgotten how much I like brown ale.  I also had a Kilt Lifter, great flavor, but a bit hoppy for my tastes.  With being on call all the time, I cannot remember the last time I had two beers in one day. 

    If you're fond of Kiltlifter, try the 8th St. Ale .  A little smoother, a little heavier and less hoppy.  Its my personal favorite of all their beers.
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    « Reply #748 on: September 02, 2013, 12:40:53 am »
    I enjoyed some Sam Adams Cream Stout, decent stuff.
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    « Reply #749 on: September 02, 2013, 02:16:50 am »
    Well I am back home and if I want a drink, I have to make it.  As in brew it.  My closest liquor store is 35 miles away by plane or 4 wheeler, open one hour a day, and sells mostly Bud and Lite Ice. 
     A buddy brought me a coffee stout he made that was excellent.  He gave me his old Mr. Beer kit, and bought a real brewing set up.  I have used the Mr. Beer kit with some success.  When I was drinking more I was fond of Molson Canadian on tap.
    I have passed on three opportunities to go on the brewery tour for Alaskan breweries.  I do like their Amber, and the smoked Porter is an experience.   I knew a lady that poured it over ice cream.  Oh well it takes all kinds. 
    I have a fondness for the traditional American beverage Cider.  Who makes a great tart cider?  I have tried a few different ones and WoodPecker is my favorite so far.
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