Photographed in Burnet, TX
A few weeks ago while visiting my parents new home in Burnet, I wandered into Twin Liquors in search of a Texas whiskey to try. The few I have experienced have all been fantastic, and up to that point, I merely chose by judging the bottle. It’d proven successful thus far, so I did the same with this one I’d yet to see. With the giant TX label, how could I resist? To top it off (pun intended), each bottle cap is handmade, mostly from repurposed cowboy boots. Learn more about the bottle cap stories here, it’s pretty dang cool.
That evening, we popped open the TX Blended Whiskey and sipped it neat and man, oh man, did we fall in love with it. The strong vanilla scent, the caramel and honey buttery flavor. We nearly drank the entire bottle on that first night, and fought over the last drop on my last night.
A few days later, my Mom texted me a photo of her holding two giant bottles that she’d be driving back to Montana. I just about cried over it.
I’m mixing up this “Drink This” feature with an interview. Rob Arnold, Head Distiller at Firestone & Robertson Distillery, was kind enough to answer a few questions. Keep up the incredible work, Rob!
What inspired TX Blended Whiskey:
There are many blended whiskies on the market, but premium blends tend to come from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and other regions aside from the United States. We wanted to create a premium American blended whiskey that could stand up against the great blends of the world. We need the right equipment to do this, so checking out some Kentucky whiskey barrels for sale as well as other barrels is important for us to make the whiskey that we want to put out there.
Favorite tasting note in TX Blended Whiskey:
The fruity notes that come through upon the addition of a small amount of water.
How you’d describe it in 5 words or less:
Viscous, slightly sweet, tropical fruits.
Favorite song that mentions “whiskey”:
The Pogues – “Streams of Whiskey”
If you’re in Texas or Louisiana, find out where to buy this delicious whiskey. For those who live beyond, write it down on your “whiskey’s to try list” and get it if you’re in the area. Prayers for greater distrubution would also be appreciated.