Whiskey Name: TX Bourbon
Distillery: Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co
Whiskey Type: Straight Bourbon
Release Date: 2017 (now in general release)
Price: $50 (not available in the UK)
Mashbill: Wheat recipe bourbon. Percentages undisclosed.
Introduction/Background: This popped up in the group after @NNWhisky brought a bottle back from the US. It’s from a craft distillery in Texas, formed by two chaps with the surnames Firestone and Robertson.
To the best of my knowledge this isn’t available in the UK yet, but from what I’ve learned from @NNWhisky the guys behind this juice are keen to see it in more peoples’ glasses, and are incredibly friendly in the bargain. A brief glance at their website certainly shows that they’re passionate about what they do, and there’s some serious whiskey coming out of Texas these days, as we’ve already covered here and here.Besides this bourbon, TX also do a blended whiskey, which I have a sample of to review in the future. But to the bourbon:
Nose: Yep, that’s a wheater. Hello wholegrain loaf. There’s also a green fruit quality; apple rind and pear by my reckoning. Behind all this there’s a woody, ever-so-slightly dusty aspect. Grain? A touch of sawdust? Something along those lines.
Mouth: Nicely medium-weighted palate. Not much burn, which opens up the lushness of the wheat grain a little more. The wheatbread aspect persists, but not too loudly; caramels and vanillins are given some room to spread their wings. I’d compare this to Rock Town in many respects.
Value for Money: Remains to be seen in the UK. $50 puts it against stiff competition in the US.
Summary: Another well-made, solid wheater, which may suffer from the perennial craft whiskey price issues. There’s a lot to like here, and as with so many we’ve covered in the last couple of weeks, I expect this distillery to continue to improve. It’s definitely worth seeking out by the glass, but flavour-wise there’s no huge USP if this ends up priced anywhere North of £50. Thanks to @NNWhisky for the sample.
Overall Verdict: Looking forward to seeing this in the UK. Worth hunting a glass of if you find yourself Stateside.