Balcones Baby Blue Review

Balcones Baby Blue Review

Balcones Baby Blue is corn whiskey distilled from blue corn, hence the name. Though what the name doesn’t tell you is that it’s surprisingly tasty. Full of flavor and well balanced the boys down in Waco Texas know what they’re doing (or at least under Chip they did). Using 100% blue corn Chip Tate, the now ex-master distiller there at Balcones, created something unique and absolutely delicious. The distillery itself is only 6 years old and in that short time has collected more awards than most other craft distilleries in that last 6 years.

Now the big question is, what will happen to the taste of the whiskey now that chip is gone? It’s no secret that he’s been removed from the company after a crazy fallout and it will be interesting to see what happens to the distillery and the whiskey now that he’s gone. It will also be exciting to see what he does next because the man has an amazing talent for distillation and I’m sure whatever it is, it will be great.

Balcones Baby Blue Review

ABV: 46%
Price: $45
Distiller: Balcones Distilling, Waco Texas

EYE
Deep caramel

NOSE
Vanilla comes shouting out first. Not the imitation vanilla that you sometimes get in corn whiskey, but real vanilla bean vanilla and it’s amazing. Following the vanilla are some notes of dried corn, fresh pastries, caramel and an oak so light my mind might be playing tricks on me.

PALATE
Again that vanilla. So damn good. It’s followed up with a cornucopia of corn flavors. Corn meal, corn bread, corn cakes and corn chips. Next to all that corn is some yellow birthday cake, berry fruit leather and some roasted nuts.

FINISH
Vanilla fades to a stale dusty corn and then back to vanilla. Shockingly short finish.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
It’s not wildly complex, but there’s a nice symmetry to what’s there. A rich round body and a texture that’s smooth as corn silk that goes down warm with a little burn completes the experience.

OVERALL
I really enjoy the Balcones Baby Blue; it’s a lovely corn whiskey. I enjoy the warm, almost nutty corn and vanilla aspect that flows through it. While it’s not complex it is tasty and well composed. There’s not a whole lot out there to compete with with in the corn whiskey world, but at the moment this one is reigning supreme in my book. Though I hear good things about the True Blue too and now I think I’ll need to track some down.

SCORE: 82/100

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12 Responses to Balcones Baby Blue Review

  1. Hey Josh, I’ve been a reader here for a while and I’m a big fan of your reviews. I have a question about your scoring system though. When you’re coming up with the scores for the whiskies you try does the price of the bottle affect the score?

    • I only ask because I’ve been looking at your reviews of Mellow Corn and the Baby Blue, both corn whiskies. The Baby Blue comes out about 3 points ahead of Mellow Corn but is about 30$ more expensive. Do you think the extra price is justified for that increase of quality?

      • $30 better… maybe not, but it is better. It’s richer.

        I never include the price in the score because “expensive” is relative. I’m friends with some folks who don’t bat an eye at buying an entire case of whiskey that sits at a price point I can barely even fathom buying a single bottle of. On the other hand I’m friends with some folks who think $30 is expensive and would never even consider spending $50 on a bottle.

      • Yeah, that sounds like the best way to do reviews in this style. Have you had any other corn whiskies that you haven’t done proper reviews on?

        • I have had the Platte Valley and I remember liking it, but liked the Mellow Corn more. Of all the corn whiskeys I’ve had I’d say Mellow Corn is the best value out there. It’s tasty and well priced.

  2. Josh,

    I’m on my second bottle of Baby Blue. The vanilla, butterscotch, sweetness is so pleasing and tasty. It’s one of my favorites along with Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky (Classic Edition). Thanks for a great review. As a Texan I am enjoying the new Texas Whiskies. I look forward to more of your reviews.

      • Not yet on True Blue. Most of the Balcones whiskies are difficult to find even in Texas. I have finished a bottle of Brimstone (I found it a bit too smoky and spicy for my palette). I did enjoy a bottle of Balcones Rumble but haven’t seen another bottle at any store lately, but I’ll keep searching. I started a bottle of Balcones Blue Corn Bourbon and find it excellent, a little stout, but very tasty. I have gravitated away from Scotch and more toward Bourbons and other whiskies over the past couple of years. I use your reviews/ ratings to guide me as to what to try next. So keep up the good work. Planning to check Buffalo Trace after reading your review!

        • Thanks Sam, I appreciate that and I’m glad you’re finding the blog useful.

          True Blue has eluded me too outside of tastings so I feel you on that one. It’s awesome though if you get the chance.

          I really enjoyed the Brimstone, but then I love big peaty Islays too so there ya go 🙂 However I didn’t enjoy the Rumble. Too sweet for my tastes, but I definitely understand its merits. Haven’t gotten to try the Blue Corn Bourbon yet, but hoping I do soon, I’m on the lookout.

          Cheers!

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