One of the great things about blogging over the past 10+ years is gaining access to beer and spirits from smaller producers that we might have overlooked. One such spirit producer is Milam & Greene from Blanco, Texas, and we were lucky enough to try their latest release which they are calling Distillery Edition 2 Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Here are several words about this whiskey taken from a press release that landed in our inbox:
“We make our Distillery Edition Straight Bourbon Whiskey as a Certified Texas Whiskey, so people get to taste the personality of a whiskey mashed, fermented, distilled, and aged in Texas,” says Marlene Holmes, master distiller, Milam & Greene Whiskey. “The distinct lively character that we achieve in our whiskey distilled in Blanco is as much of a reflection of our distilling techniques using a classic bourbon mash bill for sweetness and spice, as it is a reflection of the unique environment in Texas.”
The Milam & Greene Distillery Edition Batch 2 Straight Bourbon Whiskey is crafted completely onsite in the heart of Texas Hill Country with a mash bill of 70 percent corn, 22 percent malted rye, and eight percent malted barley. The mash bill and proprietary yeast recipe combined with barrel aging for three to three and a half years in the Texan terroir make this the most robust, spicy, and feisty spirit of the Milam & Greene range of whiskies. It is hand-bottled at barrel proof (57.5% ABV / 115 Proof) to showcase all of the complexities that the distilling team meticulously cultivated along the whiskey-making process. This bourbon is not for the faint of heart.
“We create a variety of whiskey styles to enjoy,” says Milam & Greene Whiskey CEO and blender Heather Greene. “To do that, we embrace both traditional and innovative ways to make beautiful spirits that will appeal to different palates. We not only distill bourbon in our copper pot still in Texas, like this Distillery Edition Batch 2, but for other whiskies in our portfolio, our team also distills on classic column stills in Bardstown, Kentucky. Different stills produce whiskies with distinct personalities. We age and batch whiskies from various states together with our own Texas whiskey to showcase layers of flavor. We source bourbon barrel gems for our limited, sought-after “Single Barrel” range. And finally, we mature and finish in multiple barrel types in Blanco, where the unique Texas terroir enables us to play with timing and tastes. The result is a full portfolio of award-winning whiskies that rival the best Bourbons and Ryes available today.”
To find out what we thought of their second Distillery Edition release, click the play button on the following video:
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