Lawrence Sasso, founder of Austonian Spirits, took advantage of his engineer’s background and found a way to create excellent Texas whiskey without using traditional oak barrels. He guards his secret process closely, and it makes Austonian Spirits the first company to bottle a sustainably matured whiskey. His process uses significantly less wood, and “reinvent(s) conventional barrel aging”.Most whiskey fans know about the damaging effects the whiskey industry brings because of the demand for oak barrels. The mission “to (create) an excellent tasting, and sustainably matured whiskey” drives Sasso and the Austonian team. The team must be doing the right things. Austonian Spirits has won top awards in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Texas Whiskey Festival. In 2017, it also took home a Best in Class Award in the Whiskies of the World competition.
Banner Distilling Company founders Logan Simpson and Anthony Jimenez had a dream of putting up their own distillery. Simpson has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, while Jimenez has a family history of bootlegging during Prohibition. Both were engineers at the same company and one day decided they had enough.With a budget of just $45,000, they established Banner Distilling in 2012. Using Craigslist, Google, and lots of resourcefulness, they designed and created their own still for just $300. Meanwhile, they kept their day jobs and toiled on their distillery nights and on weekends.They released Banner Organic Vodka in 2014 ahead of their preferred whiskey products so that that it could generate enough income while the whiskeys aged. The vodka went on to win multiple awards. The following year, they released their first bottles of Banner Wheat Whiskey, which also won accolades in different competitions. Cheers to bootstrapping!
Their name was inspired by the Nine Banded Armadillo which is the official state small mammal of Texas. Nine Banded Whiskey blends their whiskey with "limestone-filtered water from the Texas Hill Country". Distilled in Kentucky and bottled in Austin, their whiskey is "a soft whiskey despite its higher proof". It has "some peanut character amidst the caramel corn". The "palate is highly, surprisingly approachable at full strength, with the popcorn notes of young, corn-heavy spirit almost impossible to get around". You can also taste "hints of cola, red rope licorice, and hemp rope". It is a "mix of sweet and savory" flavor "that seems destined for mixing with Coke".
The "Republic Whiskey has rich notes of oak and vanilla fading into dark cherry with a bold finish like a West Texas sunset". It is "smooth sipping" and "you can really taste the vanilla notes and the caramel in the nose". When you drink, it "goes down easily and warms the belly in all the right ways". It is "smooth and enjoyable on ice or however, you wish to drink it". It also has a "beautiful bottle too" because it has the shape of the map of Texas that truly embodies their Texan spirit. They became part of the Dripping Springs Distilling portfolio in 2018.
Saint Liberty Whiskey distillery is the only company that gives recognition to the untold stories of pioneering women bootleggers through their products. Their Bertie Brown’s, Bear Gulch Bourbon has "stone fruit and candied oranges on the nose and slightly smoky with hints of caramelized vanilla, apricots, and brown sugar". It also "has dried fruits on the spicy rye finish". This is a "great unique and interesting bourbon". It has a "nice complex spice without the typical rye heat" with "enjoyable grain-almost dark bread or cereal finish". You may check their website and social media pages since they are planning to launch another whiskey.
Sangiovanni Distillery is a "Great Local Texas Distillery" that produces ATX Vodka which is locally made in small batches from a private spring water source in Austin, Texas with a hint of sweetness from the corn that it's made from. ATX Vodka is "a smooth and sophisticated flavor that" you will "really" enjoy. "It's well worth a try ... and a few more after that". A "super-smooth vodka, especially chilled over ice". The "owners take true pride in their product to make sure it is the absolute best vodka available!!" They also have recipes available on their website which you can try if you want to drink different cocktails.
Spirit of Texas is one of the oldest operating distilleries in Texas. They have "a nice small bar area and then a large lounging area with several tables and couches". The "nice drinking room with very comfortable seating added a really nice touch" to the place. They produced Pfluger Single Malt Whiskey, Pecan Street Rum, and Straight Silver Rum. These are available in different liquor stores, restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, and bars throughout the state. Their Pecan Street Rum is the only rum in America that is oak-aged with Texas pecans. Their PFLUGER Single Malt Whiskey already won several gold medals. "A must try."
Still Austin Whiskey Co. has a "patio area" that "offers a great place to day drink and is dog-friendly". With an "outdoor seating" that "is spacious" and "if it's not too hot out you have no reason to go anywhere else!" You can "start with a flight" and "you'll get a Gin, Clear Whiskey, and a Bourbon!" You must "taste each one and enjoy the art!" and when you are "finished try some signature cocktails". They offer "a good range of cocktails so everyone from the sweet tooth to the neat drinker will be satisfied!" Although "located in a trendy industrial area", still guaranteed that "this is a great spot for an after-work event get-together".
Tequila Fire's tequila is "made from 100% agave grown in Jalisco", Mexico distillery. It is "bottled unaged straight off the still". Their Cat Tequila Silver "presents with a mouthwatering burst of lime and tropical fruits". It then takes "an earthy, mushroomy turn with a dark chocolate note". You will notice "the finish is surprisingly soft, fluffy and fresh, like a Persian cat". Try their other products including Cat Tequila Silver, Cat Mezcal and Cat Mezcal Añejo. You can find their tequilas at several liquor stores in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Check out their website and use their store locator so you can find the nearest store for you. You can also check the link on their social media page when you want to buy their products online.
The owners of Valor Agave, under Valor Spirits, Inc., are both Iraqi war veterans. A part of the sale of their product goes to support veteran charities. Support and buy their products. It will be the "best organic agave nectar" that you will ever taste. It makes "tea""taste more natural and more refreshing than with regular sugar". It is "much healthier than using sugar". Its natural flavor makes it the perfect sweetener for hot and cold beverages. It is also great for baking and cooking, or even as a topping. It also contains inulin which is a prebiotic fiber that helps improve intestinal health.