A quick cocktail: Balcones Brimstone Old Fashioned

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I was chatting the other day with my good friend, @AdamEBooth (@CuttySark Global Education chap) about mixing some drinks, and he mentioned that he had made a very interesting cocktail with my favourite, mental Texan scrub wood smoked whisky; Balcones Brimstone. It’s a beautiful barbecue in a glass. Adam kindly made me one, so let’s find out if it worked:
Balcones Brimstone Old Fashioned
10 mls of maple syrup, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
50 mls of Brimstone and a twist of lemon
Buy Brimstone here for £59.95

Nose:  The Balcones powers through, it’s like using a bazooka to crack a walnut. After that initial burst, the zest of the lemon and the sweetness of the maple syrup are there. So far so good.

Palate: It’s intriguing and overall, a good cocktail. We tried one later with the maple syrup and bitters increased and that worked better as the Balcones is so big that it needs to be balanced with stronger flavours. It’s how I imagine a bacon fat washed whisky cocktail should taste (no bacon used in this, just awesome whisky).

Overall: With a bit of tweaking, this could be a very good cocktail whisky. This Old Fashioned was getting close to be very good. It’s just finding a way to tone down the Brimstone, which would be a challenge for any bartender.

Fat washing

After the cocktails, we tried some bacon fat washed Single Malt whisky. It was weird, and made a very interesting, grown up cocktail (fat being prominent over bacon smoke). It does taste quite fatty. It’s not necessarily a bad taste, just a very different taste. I reckon if you are thinking about frying up a load of bacon and fat washing a whisky, give Balcones a try instead, it may give you that complex meatiness you were looking for in your cocktail. If that fails, get frying the bacon.

Thanks to @AdamEBooth. Next time we will make some Cutty Sark cocktails. I can’t wait.

Chris Hoban

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