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 heads–up 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
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.
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?
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!
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.
The more the merrier! 😉