The taste of Texas is going to whack you in the face – in a nice way – if you venture to Bermondsey Tuesday (Oct 4) next week.
Balcones is a Texas distillery that has taken the world of craft whisky by storm. It’s only eight years old but has in that time won over 170 awards all over the world. Not least from our own dear London’s Wizard of Whiskies blind-tasting competition, and American Craft Distillery of the Year alongside armfuls of other global drinks industry gongs.
And now the team are headed to London, teaming up with another Texan, Texas Joe of beef jerky fame as well as the recently opened Texas Joe’s Slow Smoked Meats in Bermondsey, to offer a special one-off BBQ and whisky-tasting night.
Balcones has made a name for itself with a number of standout whiskies, not least the first Texan whisky made since prohibition, Baby Blue, which is also the only whisky in the world distilled from blue corn.
It also produces Brimstone, the smokiest whisky in town, made using a secret method of infusing the spirit with the smoke that isn’t the traditional way – ie smoking the grains before mashing.
With a sure sense of quality and whiskies with unique personalities, Balcones is a force to be reckoned with.
Not bad for a company that started in an old welding shop under a bridge in Waco with the founding team banging together stills and pots. Now they occupy a large warehouse in which to make and age their liquid delights to ping round the world to enthusiasts prepared to pay a bit more than the usual (see here at the Whisky Exchange).
Head distiller Jared Himstedt – who trained in London – and whisky ambassador Winston Edwards will be at Joe’s Honky Tonk bar to provide insight into how Balcones has become a world-beating whisky brand.
So, for a Texan taste sensation, knocking back the finest drams of Texan craft whisky alongside bacon-wrapped jalapenos and brisket nachos, there’s only one place to be in the capital.