Double Delicious Texas Blended Whiskey
Worth a taste at any price
By Wes Marshall,
10:00AM, Thu. Apr. 4, 2013
As I mentioned in today's Austin Chronicle, liquor entrepreneurs Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson were both successful enough to attract a sufficient number of potential partners to be able to start a fairly good sized whiskey distillery in Ft. Worth.
Firestone worked in the television business, as in owning TV stations. Robertson was a private equity guy (i.e. he invested other folks’ money) who also did a few years in corporate finance. While these might not sound like the best credentials for whiskey makers, upon further examination, they at least bode well for the hope that someone upstairs understands the rigors of working capital, and that means the possibility that this company will still be around in 10-20 years is pretty good.
And thank God for that, because I want to have a bottle of their TX American Blended Whiskey ($40) permanently at hand. I taste a lot of whiskeys each year, and I seldom do I have this strong a response as you will see when I take my first sip at about 10’ 30” in on the video.
Now these guys will admit during the interview that they are currently blenders. They don't claim to run out every morning checking their fields for ideal sugar contents, etc etc. And while I have great respect for the many distillers in Texas that do take charge of the entire process, what counts is flavor. Does TX taste good? You bet.
Firestone and Robertson Distilling Company is carved out of a 1920's era warehouse near Fort Worth's Hell's Half Acre, and not only are they making this stellar TX Blended Whiskey, they’ve also got in-barrel a straight bourbon made from indigenous Texas ingredients. And while both have a non-stop sense of humor, they are dead serious about their whiskey. So am I.
All in all, a distillery well worth watching.