American whiskey has been undergoing a quiet revolution, and we’re quite excited about it. Some of us remember the times of the Tennessee Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel monopoly, challenged by a handful of bourbon producers in Kentucky, and a smattering of small distilleries elsewhere across the States. American whiskey was mainly consisted of more than 50% corn with very little variation of grain compound, as well as production methods.
Until the few recent years of a craft boom, when lawyers (like Tom Bulleit of, well, you know), sociologists (like Ansley Coale of Craft Distillers), scientists (like David Perkins of High west) turned into full-blown whisky makers with the passion to produce artisanal spirits thinking outside the conventional box: rediscovering old whiskey recaps and inventing new ones, using different grains, playing with woods and maturation times.
Following this trend and wanting to showcase the creative local products to the eager public, the Expo added the component of Artisanal Spirits Fest, which is just growing out of hand with new participants every year!
At the coming Expo, sample Sazerac 18 year old, a distinct rye which can be called a perennial classic addition to the Sazerac range, Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition, a defined but versatile marriage of four different bourbons, ranging from 11 to 17 years old, and Balcones Brimstone, made from 100% blue corn smoked with Texas scrub oak instead of peat; Texas' answer to Islay Single Malt.