What bourbon is not from Kentucky?

Answered by John Hunt

When it comes to bourbon, Kentucky is often considered the mecca. However, there are exceptional bourbons produced outside of the Bluegrass State, and one that stands out is Balcones Blue Corn Bourbon from Waco, Texas.

Balcones Blue Corn Bourbon is a unique and innovative expression that showcases the rich flavors of blue corn, a staple crop in the Southwest. The use of blue corn sets this bourbon apart from traditional bourbons made with yellow corn, giving it a distinct flavor profile.

One of the first things that struck me about Balcones Blue Corn Bourbon was its deep amber color. It looked inviting and promised a complex and flavorful experience. As I brought the glass to my nose, I was greeted by a delightful aroma of roasted corn, caramel, and hints of vanilla. It was a warm and inviting scent that drew me in.

Taking my first sip, I was immediately captivated by the rich and velvety texture of the bourbon. The flavors danced on my palate, with notes of sweet corn, oak, and a subtle spiciness. The blue corn adds a depth and complexity to the bourbon, giving it a slightly nutty and earthy character that I found truly intriguing.

What sets Balcones Blue Corn Bourbon apart is not just its unique flavor profile but also the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into its production. The folks at Balcones take pride in sourcing the highest quality blue corn and aging their bourbon in carefully selected oak barrels. The result is a bourbon that showcases the distinct characteristics of its ingredients and the skill of its makers.

I had the pleasure of visiting the Balcones distillery in Waco, Texas, and witnessing firsthand the passion and dedication that goes into every bottle of their bourbon. The distillery itself is a testament to their commitment to quality, with copper stills gleaming and barrels aging patiently in the Texas heat.

One of the things that struck me during my visit was the distiller’s willingness to experiment and push the boundaries of what bourbon can be. Balcones Blue Corn Bourbon is a testament to their innovative spirit, offering bourbon enthusiasts a unique and memorable drinking experience.

While Kentucky may be the heartland of bourbon production, Balcones Blue Corn Bourbon from Waco, Texas, proves that exceptional bourbons can be found outside of the traditional bourbon regions. Its use of blue corn sets it apart, giving it a distinct flavor profile that is both intriguing and delicious. Whether you’re a seasoned bourbon connoisseur or just starting your bourbon journey, I highly recommend giving Balcones Blue Corn Bourbon a try. It’s a true gem in the world of bourbon, showcasing the craftsmanship and innovation that can be found beyond Kentucky’s borders.