TX Texas Straight Bourbon
In 2012, Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson founded the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., which they state was the first craft bourbon and whiskey distillery in North Texas. While the mashbill percentages are not disclosed, Firestone & Robertson say it’s made up of Texas yellow dent corn, Texas soft red winter wheat, 6-row distillers malt, and their own proprietary strain of yeast that was captured from a Texas pecan nut — which they call the “Brazos.” No age statement is listed on the bottle, but it’s labeled as a straight bourbon making this at least four years old.
Soft and sweet - baking spices and pecan pie are noticeable at first, followed by brown butter and light vanilla. TX Bourbon is certainly different - both in how it’s created and the resulting flavor profile. While there is no legal definition of what it means to be defined as a Texas Bourbon, TX embodies the Texas spirit through and through by sourcing all the ingredients for the mashbill from Texas. This includes doing research on what yeast strain would work best for their needs, and then according to Firestone & Robertson, finding the yeast on a single Texas pecan nut of all places. Romantic backstory of the yeast aside, at the end of the day this dedication to trying new things is what can make craft distilling so unique and refreshing. On the flavor side, these locally sourced ingredients come together in a great way that feels totally new compared to other whiskeys in the marketplace.