Balcones very special Rumble Cask Reserve tasting TOMORROW!

June 25, 2012 § 7 Comments

Hello whisky friends!  It’s time to mark your calendars!

You know every time my distiller friends roll into town – there are crazy whisky adventures to be had.  Well, now I’m giving you a headsup and a chance to join in on the fun.  (Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you read about it later!).

Chip Tate, head distiller and founder of the Balcones Distillery in Waco, TX is coming into town for the New York Bar & Restaurant Show and the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition … ok, you say, so what’s in it for me?  Glad you asked!

While he’s here, he will be doing a FREE tasting event on Tuesday, June 26th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at one of my favorite spots: the Brandy Library. (25 North Moore Street in Tribeca)

Aside from meeting Chip, what makes this extra cool is the under-the-radar/not-announced-till-right-now secret bottles that he’ll be pouring.  He’s pulled some crazy awesome barrel samples (whisky that’s taken directly from the barrel and put into a bottle), marked the glass bottles with a Sharpie marker and will be bringing them to NYC.  Awesomeness.

He’ll also have his SUPER LIMITED Rumble Cask Reserve (RCR) that’s finally launching in NY.  Last I checked, there were less then 300 bottles of this… ever.

Here are my tasting notes on the RCR:

ABOUT: Made exactly the way you make whisky but with one substitution, the ingredients!  This is made from figs, sugar & honey.  Fermented together, distilled & aged in a variety of American & French oak barrels.  This is the CASK STRENGTH version of his RUMBLE

NOSE: rich honey, drying rose petals, older leather, dehydrated apples

PALATE: smooth caramel and burnt sugar to start, a pleasant  journey which rolls moves the heavier notes quickly over the tongue

FINISH: long but light mouthfeel, honeysuckle flower into clove and black pepper on the end


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§ 7 Responses to Balcones very special Rumble Cask Reserve tasting TOMORROW!

  • G-LO says:

    Rumble sounds wonderful! Pity I won’t be able to make it to NYC this week for these very special events. Don’t even get me started about why I can’t make it. Grrrr is all I can say.

    Have an awesome time! Looking forward to a detail rich and highly entertaining recap. No pressure. 😉


    • Boo – sad you can’t join in on the fun but luckily, there will always be another one down the road!

      The recap yes … hmmmm about that … I think I need to get a summer writing intern! I have so many “backed up posts” it’s ridiculous!

      Thanks for dropping a note here! Love that “Whisky” license plate you posted on your blog yesterday. Brilliant.


      • G-LO says:

        I know I know. Real life is occasionally a drag. Such is life I suppose. Like you said, there will be other opportunities. Just keep me posted!

        I know what you mean about being behind on the writing. I have several whiskies to review, but keep falling behind. There are worse problems I suppose. 🙂

        I figured you’d enjoy that license plate. I still think it will only lead to being pulled over more often. Heh

  • I’ll be there. Thanks so much for letting us know! I may not be able to stay long – but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Will we be able to purchase bottles of Rumble Cask Reserve there? If not – do you know where we will be able to?

    • Hey Josh!
      Liquor laws being as they are, they can’t sell bottles at a bar/restaurant. That said, Chip’s NY distributor will be there so he’ll definitely be able to tell you where you might be able to grab a bottle!

      See you later!

  • Mantisking says:

    That makes me want to call in sick to work and run down to NYC on the train tomorrow. The GF loves figs, she’d probably love this spirit.

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