Fort Worth is now even cooler in my book … like, really a LOT cooler. Not only do they have stockyards (complete with cows), custom bootmakers, and a brewery that’s cookin’ up some really delicious frosty beverages, Rahr Brewing Company, but now they have a whiskey distillery. Yes, you read that right … a whiskey distillery right here in DFW. Be still, my heart, it’s true.
Two regular dudes (errr … maybe not so regular*) decided that Fort Worth needed some locally-made whiskey, so they got the money together and made it happen. TX Whiskey was what came out of their dream.
This whiskey comes in one of the cooler bottles that I’ve seen, complete with a cork unlike any other (literally). Each cork is made with a small circle of repurposed leather from boots donated by bookmakers and distillery visitors. I’ve been keeping mine because … well, they just look neat.
Now for what’s inside the bottle: talk about a deliciously blended melange of heavenly flavors. TX Whiskey is a golden amber-colored whiskey with powerful notes of vanilla and honey that make it incredibly smooth; so smooth that you can drink it straight (and you should**). It’s not only delicious, but also boasts an 82 proof potency (which isn’t kick-you-in-the-ass strong, but it does the trick).
If you MUST mix this nectar with something, here are some of their suggestions:
The Lady Heather
1 oz TX Whiskey
1/2 oz Cointreau
2 oz Champagne
3 dashes Peychaud’s
3 dashes Angostura
1 dash Pecan Bitters
The TX Milk Punch
1 3/4 oz TX Whiskey
1/4 oz Half and Half
1 1/2 oz Bluebell Vanilla Ice Cream
3 dashes Aztec Chocolate Bitters
Grated nutmeg for garnish
Texas Peach Jam Sour
2 oz TX Whiskey
2 tbsp Peach/Pecan Jam
2 dashes Old Fashioned Bitters
3/4 oz Lemon Juice/Sour
1 Egg White
If you’re a whiskey drinker, TX Whiskey is a must-try. You’ll be hooked after one sip and can thank me later.
**Here is how I’d recommend drinking Firestone and Robertston’s TX Whiskey (pay attention … it’s really complicated).
*Firestone enjoyed a 20-year career in the local television and communications business. After the successful launch of a network affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida, he was bit by the entrepreneurial bug. Firestone teamed up with his brothers to create a cable television network, and moved to Fort Worth, Texas to operate their new venture.
Meanwhile, Robertson was making name a name for himself, too. After growing up in Midland earning a business degree from Texas Tech, Robertson forged a path in the energy business. He spent 10 years on the financial side, primarily in private equity and corporate finance. Like Firestone, Robertson felt a strong entrepreneurial spirit. But they both craved something a little less corporate, and a little more personal. “I always felt more at home in jeans and boots than in a suit and cap-toed shoes,” Robertson says.
Please note that Firestone and Robertson Distillery provided me with a bottle of TX Whiskey free of charge. Also note that I liked it so much that I went out and bought another bottle with my very own money.