It’s tempting to use words like campfire or barbecue when describing the smokiness of Balcones Brimstone whisky. Pah. Those are too tame. Drinking Brimstone is more akin to trudging up the sides of an erupting volcano, dodging the lava while the ash rains down upon you. Except that you’re not in hell. Oh no, this is definitely heaven.
This Texan whisky is smoky. Made from blue corn, the distillate rather than the grain is smoked with sun-baked Texas scrub oak, using a super secret process that I like to imagine as akin to some huge hubbly bubbly setup. The whisky is also sweet, fruity and spicy. It is balanced, but it is smoky, probably the smokiest I’ve ever had. I swear, I let out a belch the morning after tasting this – a most ladylike one, I assure you – and a tiny puff of delicious Brimstone smoke escaped from the depths of my being where it had been smouldering.
Brimstone is a big whisky. It has balls. It will grab you by yours (whether anatomical or, as in my case, metaphorical). And you will love it.
Enjoy your dram in the classic Glencairn glass: considered the best whisky glass for enhancing the single malt tasting experience.