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The Rumble sounds right up my alley. I'll have to stop by Specs and pick some up.
Seriously, can we see if we can have a tasting at the next BearsTruth meetup/tailgate?
Was there a logo on that bag? ...uh no cap I don't believe there was.
A poster on this site has a bottle of Baby Blue at his house and I may have to go pay him a visit! Haha
My palate isn't advanced yet - I still get slightly different profiles when I drink it neat or when I cut it slightly to ~100 proof. You shouldn't feel bad at all if you want to cut it down, it's just a less intense nose and has a looser mouth feel for the most part.
Regardless, high quality cask strength whisky is much different than crap mass produced marketing gimmicks like Bacardi 151 ( which tastes, and burns, like paint thinner ) or regular everclear, which has no purpose beyond making trash can punch for sorority girls ( just a putrid taste ).
With the True Blue, it takes ~5 seconds of chew before I can start to feel the heat of the alcohol ( the first heat is more like chilis ), and about ~10 seconds before the taste of the alcohol overwhelms everything else and the heat becomes too much. While it does have a very long finish ( not too dry though ), you never get that "eyes watering, hair on your chest!" alcohol burn.
which can get dangerous when you sit down with a bottle and a cigar. Had a similar experience with a bottle of Crown XR at the neighbor's house (I know I know, crap compared to the spirits in this discussion). point is it just goes down so smooth you can forget you're drinking high test. By the time you stand up and are reminded of that, too late.
penland, are you sure you're not this guy?
I have tried all their offerings, but I'll just go by penlands analysis. Much more in depth than I can offer. Currently have the brimstone which I love, although I drink it rarely, these bottles are out of my everyday price range.
I know one of the guys if y'all are serious about a tasting at an event in the future. Could check into it
Dude, Crown XR is a great pour. I think it's a little overpriced ( though nothing like Garrison Brothers, sold at $85, wouldn't pay $20 for it, Buffalo Trace is better ), but that doesn't take away from it's quality.
Regular Crown gets a bad rap because it's blended only to be "smooth" and to squash underlying flavors, but their reserve is good and XR is great. They take extra care w/ their XR stuff I've read . . . it's supposed to be the "high watermark" of Canadian style whiskys. Weaker nose, but very good on the palate. I'm a fan.
Also agree w/ you on the cigar part. When I sit out on the front porch on the weekends ( or during a storm, my favorite ), I can lose track of how much I've had until I get ready to go back inside.
I was a beer drinker in college and into my 20s and single days. Then a few years ago, I worked a contract at a hedge fund where the boss man was a ginormous whisky drinker. His cabinet at work had 15~20 whiskys at all times, with maybe only 2~3 bottles that were under $50 dollars. He was the type of guy that would pull out a bottle of HIghland 25 and say, "Welcome to the world of Gentleman, gentleman". I mean, this guy had like 3 or 4 different kinds of sniffers.
Anyways, this guy was always trying to get people to try out some whisky that he'd found buried in King Tut's bunghole recovered from Atlantis. He was eager to teach people how to drink and enjoy it.
Once I started learning how to actually taste a good whisky, I got hooked. I now rarely drink anything else, except for a margarita with Mexican or a beer at a BBQ. The difference in flavor between something like Balcones' offering and even a Shiner Beer is the difference between buying an apple at the Farmer's Market or frozen and dethawed from Walmart.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Buffalo Trace is the best you can get for that price range, IMO.
Yup, its the best bourbon at that price point imo.
I'm also a big fan of George Dickel, but that's a different beast.
Ha, that story is almost exactly how I got into whisky (replace hedge fund manager with EVP of Commercial Lending). I learned so much of what I know from that guy. It's my drink of choice now for sure, although I still enjoy a good beer.
Whisky has actually made me appreciate beer in a new way. Both can have amazing smells and favors if you pay attention. The pictures below are flavor wheels of whisky and beer. They really helped develop my "nose" early on.
Couldn't get any single malt but I'm looking forward to this later.
Very cool. Baclones Disitllery from Waco stomped Macallan, Balvenie etc... in a blind taste test conducted by a British panel of spirits experts: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/dining/american-malted-whiskeys-win-acclaim.html?src=meref=general It's about 65 bucks a bottle.
I've taken care of about half of my bottle of True Blue, and it is absolutely fantastic.
In fact, thanks for inspiring me. Time for another.
Also, second the Buffalo Trace. Really good for the price.
This post was edited by RebelT 12 months ago
penland, I have 2 quarrels with your impressive discussion of the Balcones:
1. "Whisky" is how the Scots and the Canadians spell it. "Whiskey" is how Americans, Irish and the rest of the world spells it. Balcones (not to mention "you") is American. Spell it with an "e", even if Balcones doesn't put an "e" on their bottles.
2. The Rumble is really not a whiskey, or even a hybrid. It is a rum. A unique rum, to be sure, but it's made out of fruits and flowers. That's my 2 cents.
That's all. Otherwise, thanks for the summary. I wish it were all more readily available. I strike out far more often than I find it. I suspect if it were easy to find, it might lose some of its allure.
Let me know what you want. I can find it for you here in Austin.
Deal. I'm PM you.
So this thread inspired me to head to the liquor store yesterday afternoon to see if they carried any Balcones (it should be noted that I live Rockport so my expectations were low). The lady at the store said that what they did buy a few years ago they could hardly sell. She went in the back and had one old (2010) bottle of the rumble. She sold it to me for 15 bucks. How exactly should I go about drinking / trying it? Its not really my style but I figured for 15 bucks I would see what it was all about. I have one other place that I am going to check today.
go back to the store and tell her you will buy her out of everything she has for $10 / bottle. Then I will buy some from you @$20/ bottle if you'll ship. I'm sure I'm not alone on that.. could prolly be a pretty nice little bootleg for you if she has any inventory left...
and no, I'm not kidding.
EDIT- just re-read your post... sounds like you already did buy her out of her inventory (1). dammit...
This post was edited by wooldogg 12 months ago
I like where your heads at.
That said how should I best go about drinking the Rumble I currently have?
Room temperature and neat.
Your drink it how you like it :)
Another good way to cut it is to put one regular ice per "finger" of alcohol. That cools it down ( physically ), and cuts some of the finish so its easier to taste it.
They also make incredible old fashions.
What do you normally drink? Or do you?
I like Macallen 12 neat or rocks. Old fashion no soda or water, most mid level bourbon or whiskey neat / rocks / a little ginger ale,
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