TX Whiskey is a premium branded Bourbon produced by the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company located near downtown Fort Worth, North Texas, just over 35 miles West of Dallas. Their artisanal distillery currently occupies 112 acres of ground that used to be a country club and golf course.
This is a brand that might not be that familiar to many whiskey drinkers.
Made exclusively from Corn Wheat and Barley grown on fourth-generation farms in Texas, the Whiskey mash is fermented using TX’s unique yeast strain, scientifically known as RHB-422.
This yeast strain was originally harvested and developed by TX from a Texas Pecan Tree, which just happens to be the state tree of Texas! Of course, the water used in the process comes from Texas as well.
To polish up its Texas origins, some small details are evident on the attractive, distinctively labeled TX Whiskey bottles, such as the hand-made bottle tops, made from cowboy boot leather (reputedly old cowboy boots are used), and the little canvass neck wrap which celebrates the brave settlers who originally crossed the USA in their covered wagons.
A Brief History of TX Whiskey
TX Texas straight Bourbon Whiskey, an award-winning true American craft spirit and one of the newer brands in the USA, was founded by Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson in 2010.
Both ex Corporate men, these two entrepreneurs, independently, had a vision for setting up a premium craft Whisky enterprise.
Though they had become friends because their children were in the same playgroup, they had never discussed their ambitions in the Whiskey line with each other.
Fortuitously, after they had both decided to visit the same craft distillery to gain a bit more knowledge on the matter they became aware of each other’s dreams. This led to their teaming up in a partnership and TX was born.
In 2013, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, their 82-proof TX blended Whiskey won “The best American Craft Whiskey” and the “Double Gold Medal” award.
Having quickly established itself as a popular beverage locally, sales were confined to Texas but visitors from out of state were particularly attracted to its smooth and flavor-filled taste.
In April 2013 TX Whiskey was released in the state of Georgia, and it is now available in several other states including, Columbia, New Jersey, New Mexico, Florida, Nevada, Illinois, and Oklahoma.
In 2019, the Paris based global liquor retail giant, Pernod Ricard, via Pernod Ricard USA, acquired the TX brand and distillery, thereby adding another premium branded Whiskey to their stable,
TX Whiskey, Variations
TX Blended Whiskey
A combination of a straight bourbon whiskey distilled from a mash that contains rye as the secondary grain, blended with a distilled grain spirit along with a mature premium whiskey aged in used oak charred bourbon casks.
- vanilla Bean, Pear, Slightly Sweet
- honey Butter, Banana, Caramel
- long, smooth, no burn
TX Straight Bourbon
TX Straight Bourbon is a craft whiskey distilled from a multi-grain mash (e.g Rye and corn) which is then aged in Oak barrels for 4 years.
To qualify to use the Bourbon name, a whiskey must be made in the USA, the ferment (or mash) must be 51 % corn and the spirit must be aged in new barrels.
- Floral, Maple, Cinnamon
- Fig, Allspice, Brown Sugar
- balanced, Smooth, Warm
- International spirits challenge – Gold award
- Ultimate spirits challenge- 94 points
- San Francisco world spirits- Gold award competition 2020
TX Barrel Proof Bourbon
Bottled straight out of the barrel, it is unfiltered i.e. no chill or carbon filtration process is employed. The flavors are super concentrated, and so they should be as no water is added to dilute the spirit.
The final proof will vary slightly from batch to batch but it is bottled at around a whopping 126 proof ( 63 % ABV). The labels on the bottles are marked accordingly, along with the harvest date (the month and the year) of every batch.
- Nose: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Dried Fig, Caramelized Peaches, Maple Syrup
- Palate: Baked Cinnamon Apple, Toasted Vanilla, Dark Cherry, Sugared Raisins
- Finish: lingering warmth
- Gold International spirits challenge 2020
- 92 Points Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2020.
TX Barrel Finishing
These unique products are made using TX straight Bourbon and then maturing the spirit in various wine and sherry barrels which are sourced worldwide.
The original contents of the barrels impart a delicate flavor to the spirit creating something new with its own elegant notes.
TX Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Casks
Fully matured 4-year-old TX Straight Bourbon is decanted into sherry casks where it is further finished (matured) for 8 months in Pedro Ximenez (PX) Sherry casks.
Sherry is a type of wine that legally, can only be sourced from the Sherry Triangle located in the South of Spain. Pedro Ximenez sherry is renowned as one of the sweetest types of sherry. It is made from white Pedro Ximenez grapes that are picked very ripe or even dried after harvest to concentrate the sugars.
The original sherry casks are sourced from the Cadiz province in Jerez in Spain. Manufactured from an American White Oak species known as Quercus Alba, the casks are used for some 20 years to mature sherry before being acquired by TX. Here time becomes the essence, some four weeks after being drained of their sherry contents, the casks arrive at TX.
The rich flavors of raisin, dates, chocolate, and molasses, resting in the wood have not disappeared so they are imparted to the bourbon over the next 8 months in the finishing cycle.
- Nose: Dried Dark Fruits, Figs, Woodiness, Spices, And Molasses.
- Taste: Dark Cherry, Walnuts, Caramel, Christmas Spices
Rated as 101.6 proof
TX Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Tawny Port Casks
A fully matured 4-year-old TX Straight Bourbon is decanted into casks that previously contained Tawny Port, in which it is then matured for a further six months.
Port is a type of red wine, traditionally very sweet, that has a rich caramel, and nutty flavor. TX source the casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal, which is known as the birthplace of Port.
The casks are made from a French White Oak species known as Quercus Robur and, are employed to age Tawny Port for ten years.
As soon as the PX Port is drained from the cask, the empties are shipped to TX where they arrive about four weeks later, thus preserving the rich flavors of fig, toffee, and toasted nuts that are locked into the Oak.
- nose, toasted caramel, baked apple, sweet smoke, honey, cinnamon
- chocolate, baking spices, apricot, maple syrup
Rated as 101.6 proof
TX Bottled in Bond
For a product to be labeled “Bottled-In-Bond”, the spirit must be the product of a single distillation season, produced by a single distiller, at a single distillery. Also, It must be aged for at least four years and bottled at 100 proof. Only spirits produced in the United States may be designated as bonded.
TX Whiskey Canned Cocktails
In 2021 the TX brand expanded its range to include three ready-to-drink canned cocktails, all
based on TX Blended Whiskey and, initially only available in Texas.
“We wanted to create a versatile product that allows TX Whiskey fans to savor our cocktails without the hassle of mixing a drink,” said TX Whiskey Director of Marketing, Steve Gordon.
TX Whiskey & Cola
Made with TX blended whiskey, the popular cola flavor, and caramel color, it features notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg spices with hints of sweet custard and rich vanilla on the nose.
This tasty cocktail blends natural flavors of cola spices and sweet caramel toffee on the palate with a bourbon vanilla finish.
TX Whiskey Ranch Water
A sparkly cocktail made with TX blended Whiskey, Natural Lime Flavor, and Carbonated water. It features natural flavor notes of tart lime, vanilla bean, subtle nutmeg, and pear drops on the nose.
On the palate, it blends natural flavor hints of lime zest, crisp citrus notes, and French vanilla, all ending in a juicy lime flavor finish.
TX Whiskey & Sweet Tea
An unusual but tasty combination of Blended Whiskey, Natural Tea flavor, and Caramel coloring. This cocktail features natural notes of earthy black tea, citrusy lemon, soft vanilla, and pear on the nose.
For the palate, it blends natural flavors of sweet orange honey, toffee, delicate bergamot, and black tea leaves with a delightful creamy vanilla finish.
Prices and bottle sizes of TX Whisky products
|TX Blended Whiskey||750 ml||$26.99|
|TX Blended Whiskey||1,75 liter||$56,99|
|TX Blended Whiskey||750 ml||$36.99|
|TX Canned Cocktails||available in packs of four tins||$12.99 per pack|
TX Whiskey Alternatives/Comparisons
|Jameson Irish whiskey||750 ml||$22|
|Jack Daniels USA||750 ml||$22|
|Balcones (based in Waco, Texas)|
|Texas Pot Still Bourbon||750 ml||$42|
|Baby Blue blue corn whiskey||750 ml||$42|
|True Blue 100||750 ml||$52|
|Texas Single Malt Whiskey classic edition||750 ml||$75|
|Lineage Texas Single Malt Whiskey||750 ml||$42|
|Blanton’s Single Barrel||750 ml||$65|
|Blanton’s Special Reserve||750 ml||$65|
|Blanton’ Gold Edition||750 ml||$95|
|Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel||750 ml||$110|
How To Drink TX Whiskey
TX Whiskey with its rich auburn coloring is blessed with a complex range of flavors and fragrances that combine well with mixers, on the rocks, or sipped neat and pure. The nose of oak, pear and vanilla bean complement the rich notes of honey-butter, caramel, banana, and coffee, that linger on the palate.
To enjoy the true flavor of this premium spirit it should be drunk neat using a whisky glass, lowball glass, short crystal glass, or a neat glass. The wide mouth on these types of glasses will allow the aroma and the flavor to develop.
- Q Which spelling is correct, Whiskey (with an e) or Whisky (without an e)
- Both are correct. In the USA and in Ireland, it is spelled Whiskey. In Scotland, it is spelled Whisky.
- Is TX Whiskey a “Scotch”
- No, by law, only Whisky made in Scotland may be called “Scotch”
- What is the meaning of “proof” and “ABV”
- Both terms refer to the alcohol content in a liquor. Proof. This is generally used in regions under the influence of the USA and ABV ( Alcohol by Volume), in the UK and Europe-influenced regions. Proof is simply double the ABV. i.e 88 Proof is the same as 44 % ABV.
Facts And Myths
The head distiller at Firestone & Robertson, Rob Arnold, using a method called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing isolated five strains of yeast that had the characteristics they were looking for in a yeast suitable for their mash fermentation.
Then by sensory analysis ( tasting and testing ) Rob and the two partners, Leonard and Troy identified the one yeast strain that was best suited to them, it reputedly came from a Pecan nut tree in Texas.
Relatively new to the market and innovative, TX is making a statement that they are out to produce top-quality Bourbon Whisky and allied products.