In one of my December columns, I suggested a handful of different Texas whiskeys that people could consider as holiday gifts for their loved ones (or, hey, for themselves since that’s such a stressful time of year).
Already, new ones are appearing on local retail shelves, including three from a Houston distillery. I don’t have a good reason this time for you to go out and buy them — but with whiskey, do you really need one?
Yellow Rose Distilling (with a name, let’s be honest, that tugs on the hearts of Texans everywhere) has grown significantly in the six years since it opened as a small-batch operation in Houston. Now, Yellow Rose’s three whiskeys are available in bars and stores statewide, including many in Austin.
The distillery, which was launched by neighbors Troy Smith and Ryan Baird in 2010, was able to expand after moving into a 10,000 sq. ft. production facility in the fall of 2014. Now, Smith, Baird and their business partner Randy Whitaker are planning to release additional spirits beyond the trio of award-winning whiskeys that have proven so successful, according to a press release. Look for them within the next six months.
In the meantime, enjoy these: the Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey, a 100-percent corn recipe with a sweet, full-flavored finish; the limited-release Straight Rye Whiskey with subtle pepper notes; and the Blended Whiskey, with a robust body that makes it ideal for spirit-forward cocktails.
(Only the bourbon, for what it’s worth, has been completely distilled and aged at the distillery. The others have been partially or fully distilled at other places.)
Find the Yellow Rose whiskeys at Spec’s and Twin Liquors, as well as in bars and restaurants like North Italia at the Domain, Shiner’s Saloon and the South Congress Cafe. For more information, visit yellowrosedistilling.com.