Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
We’re Making Bourbon in Texas
It turns out bourbon doesn’t have to be made in Kentucky. So we’re making it in Texas in a truly Texan way by using weather, attitude, and premium ingredients from the Lone Star State. Our goal is not to replicate Kentucky bourbon in Texas but to make Texas Bourbon.
We’re maturing the same bourbon in both traditional big barrels and non traditional small barrels. The big barrels will take years to fully mature. As a matter of fact, in order to be called Straight Bourbon, a bourbon must be aged for a minimum of two years. We’re one of the first distilleries to make bourbon in Texas (legally, anyway), so we’re not sure exactly how long it will take the big barrels to mature. But we’ll figure it out and be sure to let you know when it’s ready! We anticipate release in 2013-2014, but we can’t rush Mother Nature.
In the Meantime, Small Barrel Bourbon
While we wait for the Straight Bourbon to mature, we have Ranger Creek .36. It’s the small barrel version of our Texas Bourbon that matures in a matter of months instead of years. You can try it now and then try our Straight Bourbon when it is ready. The end result will be an interesting barrel experiment – one of the only kind we know of. We encourage you to buy a bottle of Ranger Creek .36 to drink and another to save and try side-by-side with the big barrel version when it is released in 2-3 years.
Our bourbon is a traditional sour mash bourbon that is handcrafted every step of the way. The Texas climate brings out a rich sweetness with hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and maple syrup. And the rye we use provides an undertone of cinnamon spiciness. You should find these flavors in both the small barrel and big barrel versions of our bourbon, but they will each have their own unique identity as well.
Wait…Bourbon in Texas?
Think bourbon can only be made in Kentucky? You’re not alone. The fact is, however, any state in the union can make bourbon. Kentucky makes some fantastic bourbon, but there’s no reason that we can’t make our own version here in Texas. Don’t believe that bourbon can be made outside of Kentucky? Check out the federal government’s standards of identity and read the rules for yourself.