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Three New Texas Liquors Stumble Onto Store Shelves

Rebecca Creek Whiskey & Waterloo Gin
Rebecca Creek Whiskey & Waterloo Gin
Photos: Rebecca Creek, Treay Oak

A new Texas gin, a bourbon whiskey, and a blended whiskey will soon be hitting liquor store shelves. Treaty Oak Distilling, makers of Treaty Oak Rum and Graham's Texas Tea released a sneak peek at their new spirit, Waterloo Gin.

Rebecca Creek, which began by producing Enchanted Rock Vodka, will soon be releasing Rebecca Creek Fine Texas Whiskey. In an article in the San Antonio Express News, owners Steve Ison and Mike Cameron say they modeled it after Crown Royal, a Canadian blend of 50 different whiskies, but they want to "make a sipping whiskey and were unhappy that the most popular blended whiskey is from Canada."

Ranger Creek, already known for their craft beer, will be releasing their first spirit, Ranger Creek Texas Bourbon Whiskey, which is aged about nine months in small barrels. They use Texas sweet corn, mash it at the distillery, and ferment it in barrels inside a shipping container that sits under the sun.

Partners TJ Miller, Mark McDavid, and Dennis Rylander tell the Express News:

"We're going to help educate everyone, including those from Kentucky. We're not trying to replicate Kentucky bourbon. Our approach is to make Texas bourbon. So we use Texas ingredients, we use the Texas climate. We try to use as many Texas things as possible, including our attitude and mentality to create a different product."

· Treaty Oak Distilling [Twitter]
· Rebecca Creek Distillery [Official Site]
· Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling [Official Site]
· Distillers Put Lone Star Stamp on Whiskey [San Antonio Express News]
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