Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon
53% Texas No. 1 corn, 36% Texas wheat, and 11% American barley
Treaty Oak has been bottling under the name Red Handed using sourced whiskey while they waited for their grain to grow. Now, the wait is over. Two year old bourbon using 53% Texas No. 1 corn, 36% Texas wheat, and 11% American barley all milled at nearby Barton Springs Mill. The corn and wheat are heirloom grains grown by Texas farmers. The grains are mashed, fermented, distilled, barreled, aged, and bottled on-site at the company’s ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas. The distillery uses filtered local limestone water. Because the warehouse is not temperature-controlled, the wide temperature swings of Texas weather lead to a more rapid extraction of wood flavors, leading to a rapid maturation process. The climate is different in Texas than in Kentucky (and, especially, Scotland). After some experimentation, the distillery settled on the use of American white oak #3 char barrels, and bottles at 47.5%.
Lots of maple candies and caramel with some savory notes of cold butter and toast. Shrubby BBQ smoke, something I've come to associate with Texas whiskey, is noticeable in a thoroughly enjoyable way.