Since the widely admired Texas craft distiller’s Guadalupe label is going to be a regular thing now, set your sites on Balmorhea, the other most amazing bourbon from a company that really doesn’t make a bad one. Unable to pick a clear winner, Uproxx named these two expressions a tie, which means you’ll have an easier time finding and opening your wallet for the blue-waxed neck. That’s a double advantage among otherwise equals.
Praising its thick legs ambling boldly into a slowly unraveling flavor, The Whiskey Reviewer emphasizes how gradually this experience plays out, like — the comparison must be made — a cowboy pushing open the saloon doors and strolling slowly to the bar. Do you know who else is a long ride on a light sip? Our pick for the best Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bottle; George T. Stagg. Except, Stagg currently sells for 20 times Balmorhea’s listed $70. No wonder Travel Distilled reports Jim Murray named it Micro-Whiskey of the Year — twice.
Balmorhea is thick, dark, rich, and sweet, aged in two sets of barrels, one from Minnesota, the other from Kentucky, all subject to Texas extremes. Appropriate to a bourbon produced within the range of Austin, it’s got a strong pecan essence. Though if you can’t find it, the 2023 Guadalupe drops on February 4, so a trip to Hye, Texas might be in your immediate future.