The Texas Whiskey Festival, in collaboration with San Antoino-based Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling, recently unveiled a rather unique Texas bourbon finished in a former mead barrel.
The new Ranger Creek Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished In A Mead Barrel, according to those behind it, is a Texas bourbon that first spent a year and a half in new oak barrels before aging twelve more months in the mead barrel. It is said this combination produced “light honey and brown sugar characteristics balanced with cherry and sour apple.”
For the barrel sourcing on this, the collaborators spent the better part of a year searching for a mead barrel before settling on Austin, TX-based Meridian Hive. Described as a gem of a barrel it is made from “French oak that aged, fermented orange blossom honey and red wine grapes.”
Noted as being part of the Festival’s Tejas Collaboration series, this second tie up with Ranger Creek netted just 288 – 750ml bottles. Available only through Ranger Creek’s tasting room, it costs $65.