Texas Whiskey Festival Announces Their Picks for Best Texas Whiskey of 2021

The 4th Annual Texas Whiskey Festival is just around the corner — and I, for one, can’t wait to get back to some whiskey-sipping normalcy. There are some new social-distancing practices in place for this year’s festival, and one typical component of the festival has already happened: the winners were just announced.

We’ve reviewed a number of these spirits, and I’ll link to those in the text so you can find those reviews. And keep in mind, you can always find our current rankings for the Best Texas Whiskey right here.

From the press release:

Austin, Texas – April 6, 2021 – The Texas Whiskey Festival announces the winners of the annual competition of the best Texas Whiskeys.

Each year the Texas Whiskey Festival hosts a competition to determine who has the best Texas Bourbon, Rye, and Malt Whiskey. With a panel of judges, we conduct the competition with a method known as blind judging. The brands and specific whiskeys they are tasting are unknown to the judges. “Our panel of judges smell and taste their way through each whiskey, rating the aroma, taste complexity, and finish,” says Co-Founder Jake Clements. 

Bourbon: Grain to Glass

  1. Garrison Brothers Balmorhea Texas Straight Bourbon
  2. Silver Star Whiskey 1849 Straight Bourbon
  3. Balcones Distilling Texas Pot Still Bourbon

Bourbon: Aged and Bottled in Texas

  1. Rebecca Creek 10 year Straight Bourbon
  2. Milam and Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon
  3. Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery Select Bourbon

Rye Whiskey: Grain to Glass

  1. Balcones Distilling Texas Rye 100
  2. Gulf Coast Distilling Giant Rye 100
  3. Ranger Creek Distilling .44 Texas Rye

Rye Whiskey: Aged and Bottled in Texas

  1. Treaty Oak Distilling Schenley Reserve Rye
  2. Yellow Rose Distilling Rye
  3. Oak & Eden Rye & Spire

Malt Whiskey: Grain to Glass

  1. Ranger Creek Distilling Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Single Malt
  2. Andalusia Whiskey Co. Stryker Smoked Single Malt
  3. Balcones Distilling Lineage Single Malt

Other Whiskeys: includes whiskeys aged in used barrels, blended whiskey, and light whiskey.

  1. Austin 101 Light Whiskey (made grain to glass in Texas)
  2. Remington Family Distillers Remington Revival
  3. Rebecca Creek Small Batch

“These are their winners, but remember the best whiskey is the one you like,” says Co-Founder Jake Clements. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite distillery to decide on the people’s choice.

Thank you to the Crowded Barrel Whiskey Co for hosting us. A big thank you to our talented judges.

  • Marianne Eaves, KY’s First Female Master Distiller, Founder of Eaves, LLC Whisk(e)y and Spirits Consulting and Curator of Eaves Blind. 
  • Gabrielle Pharms, a Veteran journalist with bylines in/on Bourbon Plus, Whisky Advocate, Imbibe Magazine, UPROXX, and more.
  • Tom Koerner the former Spirit Guide and General Manager of Seven Grand Whiskey Bar and Las Perlas Mezcaleria, Current Brand Ambassador for Mezcal Unión

About the Texas Whiskey Festival

The festival’s mission is simple: To help promote and enhance the brands of the many great distilleries throughout Texas. We want to promote and educate whiskey lovers about the whiskeys produced in our great state. We’re doing it all while having fun, drinking great whiskey, and building memorable experiences. As an organization, we know that Texas has some of the best distilleries and whiskeys globally. The Texas Whiskey Festival is an opportunity to showcase that. For more information, please visit https://txwhiskeyfest.com.

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