Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky
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.
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.
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."
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.