- Feb 5, 2006
Knocking down some SAOS barrel proof bourbon tonight.
I don't know why but, I just can't get used to drinking Whiskey, bourbon, Scotch etc. I do okay with tequila, rum and vodka though. Is there a secret?
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Sunny and 82° here in East Podunk today, and I thought this balmy Texas weather called for Texas whiskey. Whiskey isn't something they've been making in Texas for very long (at least not legally), but after Tito's opened the first legal distillery in Texas two decades ago, there was at first a trickle, then a flood of spirits claiming to be from Texas. As far as I can tell, the "Texas" appellation usually means they bought stuff made somewhere else, bottled it in Texas, and then jacked up the price. Apparently it's a fairly effective marketing gimmick.
The first Texas booze I had other than Tito's vodka that I thought could hang with competition in the same price range was Four Roses Rye, which was a little pricey, but awfully good, I thought. The second one was 1835 Bourbon, which is about as good as anything I've had for about $25 a bottle. This one was considerably more than that:
Last Friday, my wife and I were visiting with some of her friends in Austin, and one of those friends was Tim. It turns out that in addition to sharing a profession, Tim and I also share an interest in knives, guns, and booze. He Had a bottle of the 2015 edition of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Maybe it was just the good company and sparkling conversation (Busse knives were mentioned more than once), but damn if that wasn't one of the best whiskeys (or whiskys) I've ever had. Very well integrated for only 2 years in the barrel, and a really nice cinnamon spice notes. It tasted like Christmas.
On the way home, we stopped at Spec's Houston hoping to find a bottle of the 2015, but all they had was the 2014 and the single barrel. I figured it was worth a shot. I've heard it varies from year to year, but I figured one if not both would at least be close. I opened both bottles today, and sadly, they don't have the same magic as the 2015. At $70 and $90 a bottle, respectively, I'd say they're overpriced by at least a factor of two. But for the 2015 I had last Friday, I'd willingly pay the price of a bottle of Lagavulin.