SOME OF AMERICA'S BEST BOURBON WHISKEY IS COMING OUT OF TEXAS
Looking for the most exciting whiskey state outside of Kentucky? Try Texas. For years, their single malts have been marked as world-class, and at the recent Texas Bourbon Shootout in Longview, Texas, world whiskey reviewer and author of the Whiskey Bible Jim Murray called several Texas bourbons “among the best whiskeys not just in Texas, but in the world.”
More than their Kentucky cousins, Texas bourbons feature bold, dark flavors like cinnamon, black cherry and licorice, tied together by big, oaky tannins. Bourbon gets the majority of its flavor by aging in barrels, and in Texas, where weather fluctuates more than in Kentucky, those charred-oak casks tend to pump more flavor in a shorter amount of time into their liquid bounties. Here are some of the standouts from the inaugural Texas Bourbon Shootout.
Treaty Oak Ghost Hill
In 2016, Treaty Oak moved from Austin to nearby Dripping Springs, Texas, on a beautiful 28-acre property. Its Ghost Hill is a two-year-old wheated bourbon, made using Texas heirloom grains.
Tasting Notes: Its nose of caramel also has hints of cinnamon—foreshadowing. On the tongue it has tannins up front, with spiciness and a citrus finish. “It’s one spicy son of a gun,” according to Murray.
Written by Chris Wright
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