There is a difference between local grocery or liquor store whiskey and a truly quality whiskey. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the difference and will just partake in whatever is locally available.
But there is nothing quite like a Texas whiskey from Balcones Distilling. There is something to be said about the distilling process, the ingredients chosen, and the drive to create a truly superior whiskey to the common options out there.
One of the most important factors in a Texas whiskey is alcohol strength. The vast majority of whiskey out there is somewhere between 40% and 50% alcohol by volume. For the most part, this means that water has been added prior to bottling.
Anything more than 51% means “cask strength,” which means no water was added. That’s not to say that a higher alcohol content is “better,” but it often means that there are more steps in the process that can dilute a whiskey.
A proper whiskey experience means delivering a flavor that leaves an impression. A bottle of whiskey should make a discernible impression, something with a heavier profile. These are the tasting notes that can really elevate the profile of a whiskey.
There are a lot of factors that go into a great whiskey. Find the whiskey that you have been looking for and you will never go back to that mass-produced whiskey that was all you knew of before.