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TX Straight Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Jeffrey Schwartz3 Comments

Our straight bourbon is made with #2 yellow dent Texas corn, Texas soft red winter wheat, 6-row distillers malt, our own proprietary strain of yeast that we captured from a Texas pecan (we call it the “Brazos”) and of course, pure Texas water.Firestone and Robertson Distilling Company
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TX Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  • DISTILLER: Firestone and Robertson Distilling Company
  • MASH BILL: #2 Yellow Dent Texas Corn  |  Texas Winter Wheat  |  6-Row Distiller’s Malt  |  Yeast made from Texas pecan they call the “Brazos” strain. Percentages are not disclosed.
  • AGE: Undisclosed, but since it is labeled Straight that makes it at least two years old, and since there is no age listed it means it must be at least four.
  • YEAR: 2017
  • PROOF: 90 (45% ABV)
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Here’s a list of where you can find TX Straight Bourbon
NOSE: Cherries  |  Wheat  |  Light Oak

TASTE: Dry Wood  |  Spice  |  Corn

FINISH: The finish on this whiskey is very long, the wood and spice hang on and continue to build long after I’ve swallowed, getting warmer and warmer. It took nearly a minute for it to calm down. To be clear, this isn’t burn, this is spice and wood flavors. I’m not used to low-proof bourbon that continue to build like a cask strength bourbon.

SHARE WITH: Friends who like to Drink Curious and enjoy the big Wide World of Whiskey, or Proud Texans who love everything from Texas.

WORTH THE PRICE: There are a lot of incredible choices out there for $49.99. I realize this is a craft whiskey and that $49.99 is a sweet spot a lot of distillers and marketers suggest for retail. However, I find that pricey for what is in the bottle.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bar, and then you’ll have to determine on your own if this is a profile you enjoy. Sure, I realize that’s a cop-out. This isn’t a bad bourbon at all; it just isn’t stellar.

OVERALL: The bottle says it has flavors of dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla. I picked up cherry, and that’s a dark fruit. I tried and tried to pick up caramel or vanilla, and it just isn’t there. I’ve been sipping on this bourbon for nearly a month, giving it plenty of time to oxidize and for other flavors to make themselves known. If the vanilla and caramel are there, they’re just overwhelmed by the oak and spice.

When I cleansed my palate with dark chocolate, and then took a sip, the chocolate muted the wood enough for me to start to pick up vanillas. But not everyone carries around dark chocolate when sipping whiskey.

Finally, the bottle design is simply gorgeous. They’ve outdone themselves, all the way down to the snakeskin covered cork. I know packaging means a lot to some folks, and at a lot of whiskey competitions, the packaging is a judged and awarded category.

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Disclaimer: Firestone and Robertson Distilling Company provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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Jeffrey Schwartz

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Known throughout Wisconsin (and now the world) as Whiskeyfellow, Jeff was a late-bloomer to the Wonderful World of Whiskey. At the suggestion of his wife, he started with Scotch and was hooked. He was under the impression that he was happy. A friend asked him several times to try Bourbon, and he eventually gave in, only to fall completely in love with it. Those first steps started him on his #DrinkCurious adventure that led him to #RespectTheBottomShelf. Jeff now relishes many types of whiskeys, ranging from the super-affordable to the super-premium and everything in between. Aside from simply sipping and writing about it, Jeff now enjoys spreading the whiskey gospel by hosting educational tasting events. Read Jeff's full profile.


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    I must disagree with you entirely. this is the best TX bourbon I have drunk outside of the Ranger Creek products. It makes others taste like tenderfoot whiskey.

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      That’s the awesome thing about whiskey and why there are so many different brands out there. There’s something for everyone to love. I’ve tried the TX Straight Bourbon again a few times since writing this review and I’m still at the same conclusion. But that shouldn’t discount your enjoyment of it. Cheers!

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      I love TX blended, smooth as sweet Texas tea. So, figured their bourbon would be comparable. WRONG. It was sooo bad I contacted the company and stated I was very disgusted, etc. President (?) of company offered/I accepted that he sent me a bottle of TX and I sent him him the bourbon. I very much appreciated the exchange!

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