The Whisky Tasting Club



It’s business as usual for Texan distillers Balcones, who have put a line under a difficult few months by reclaiming their title as Wizards of Whisky American Craft Distiller of the Year.
The distillers fought off fierce competition from a range of American craft distillers, but in particular Syntax Spirits of Colorado, who entered for the first time and who did particularly well with its bourbon and wine barrel bourbon.

Balcones single barrel bourbon and Brimstone repeated the success of pervious years but perhaps the big surprise was Baby Blue, which was the top scoring American whiskey this year and was only outscored by ‘other grain’ category winner The Boutique-y Company Blended Scotch whisky.

Balcones is no stranger to these awards. It won the World Distiller of the Year two years ago and the World’s Best Malt last year. But this year’s result will be particularly sweet for the distillery team after a difficult few months in which they acrimoniously parted company with distillery founder Chip Tate.

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