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Balcones Baby Blue American Corn Whiskey (Batch 19-1), 46%

Price: $40 Issue: Fall 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

A polarizing nose of tropical fruit (papaya, mango, melon) drenched in butterscotch vies with the distinct aroma of tennis shoes on asphalt. The palate is hot, dry, and somewhat ashy, with billowing smoke, tobacco leaf, and nuttiness, undercut by lime and orange oil. Drying and oak-driven on the finish, it's sweetened by the addition of water.