Balcones Portucale
November 2022

Balcones Portucale

World-first, world-exclusive, Best-in-Class Gold Medal winning TRIPLE Portuguese cask from America’s most awarded malt whisky distillery.

United States

Colour Deep maroon

Nose Fresh orange, rich tropical fruits, and caramelised oak.

Palate Homemade apple and sultana pie, vanilla ice cream and fresh jam doughnut.

Finish Viscous and long, delicate spices with sticky fruits and dark chocolate.


A world-exclusive, Best-in-Class Gold Medal winning TRIPLE Portuguese cask using two of the rarer fortified wines in the world, Carcavelos and White Port. It’s true, they do everything bigger in Texas. 

Continuing the theme of ‘best of the best,’ we’ve teamed up with the most awarded malt distillery in the US to bring you Balcones Portucale, the first ever triple Portuguese fortified wine cask-matured whisky. And not just any old Portuguese wine; Portucale adds Madeira to two of the rarest fortified wines in the world to create a showstopping medley of flavour.

You’ll love the aroma of rich tropical fruits with caramelised oak. The palate picks up homemade apple and sultana pie and fresh jam doughnut while the finish is sticky fruits rounded off with decadent dark chocolate.

Only one other distiller has ever released whisky from a Carcavelos cask. With only 10 hectares of grapes, this is a fortified wine that can be filed under ultra-rare. And so little White Port is aged in barrels that whisky makers rarely get to see any. 

And get this. Balcones use the same Golden Promise barley that turbocharged 1970s and 80s The Macallan, and with kit imported from Scotland it’s no surprise that they are seen as the flagbearers of American malt.

Balcones has already been reaping in the accolades. It scored best in class and a gold award at IWSC’s Whiskies of the World. And that’s before our Members even get hold of it. In the words of the distillers themselves, “F*%! This is so good we can’t believe we’re sending it to Australia.”

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Price: $150.00

Age: No Age Statement

ABV: 58%

Maturation: Three Portuguese fortified cask types: White Port, Madeira, and Carcavelos

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Balcones Distilling's History

Just as we've seen in Australia, the USA's experienced a boom in craft brewing and distilling in recent years. While most are producing Bourbons and other American-styled grain-based whiskeys, there are a handful of distillers turning out world-class single malts. At the forefront of this movement is Waco Texas-based Balcones Distilling.


Balcones Portucale

Distillery Facts

Region: Texas

Origin: 225 S 11th St, Waco, TX 76701, United States

Founded: 2008

Water Source: Local springs created by the Balcones Fault

Washbacks: 7, stainless

Stills: 2 wash, 2 spirit

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