Spirit of Texas distillery in Pflugerville turns out some of the top rum and whiskey in the state of Texas. Head distiller and president Shaun Siems is a former engineer who started the distillery 10 years ago. Since then, they've perfected their craft and now deliver award-winning spirits to locations throughout the state.
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As Texans, we tend to do things our own way, and we definitely have those entrepreneurs here that are blazing their own way. Whiskey in Texas is still very young -- only 10 years old. In Tennessee and Kentucky, recipes and their distilling are about 200 years old.
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The laws and regulations currently on the books make it difficult for craft brewers and small distillers to sell their products. Texas laws even set terms for alcoholic beverage distributors to extend credit to retailers. Ultimately,“the burden of this regulation does fall on consumers, in terms of higher prices, and fewer choices,” says Kelly.
Government micromanagement of adults, and the industries that serve them, is nonsensical. Consumers have fewer choices and higher prices because of it. Excepting common sense safety standards, most alcohol-related regulations should be streamlined and relaxed from the status quo.
What exactly does Texas heat do to a whiskey’s flavor profile? It’s a cringeworthy cliché, but there’s really no single word that describes Texas bourbons better than “big.” Garrison Brothers Estacado, which we reviewed last year, has a dense, complex nose, full of cinnamon and grain and a whisper of fruit; on the palate, it’s sticky, spicy, and mouth-filling, demanding your full attention. Balcones’s Texas Blue Corn Bourbon is similarly intense, with loads of darker-hued notes—tobacco, leather, burnt sugar—adding depth to the typical vanilla-and-caramel bourbon profile.
TDSA welcomes Texas Whiskey Festival to the family!
Check out their March 31st event at the Bob Bullock Museum!
Despite its rich Texas history, sotol is a little-known spirit. The men behind new Driftwood distillery Desert Door want to change that.