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Frontier Spirits, well-known for producing the popular Pura Vida tequila, have pivoted into the whiskey market with Luckenbach Road Whiskey. The chairman and founder of Frontier Spirits, Stewart Lawrence Skloss, has a long family history with the city of Fredericksburg, Texas, where his third-great grandfather opened the Buckhorn Saloon in 1851. It was in that saloon the family’s whiskey recipe was first formulated, the very recipe that Luckenbach Road Whiskey now utilizes.
Luckenbach Road Whiskey offers a “farm-to-bottle experience,” focusing on sustainability by developing crops based on local climate and growing conditions. They have teamed with Texas A & M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, cultivating a variety of corns, wheat, barley, and rye.
Of Luckenbach Road Whiskey, Skloss says, “Caring about what’s in the bottle begins with caring about what’s outside of it. We know everything about our operation must be top-notch, from the people that join our team to the way we grow our grains.”
The Luckenbach Road Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a fairly traditional flavor profile, is aged three years, and crafted from estate grown corn. While the whiskey may lack ingenuity, it is a pleasantly drinkable spirit that may appeal to those just starting out with whiskey. The company is young still and has room to grow and expand upon the reputation that Frontier Spirits has built with this straight bourbon release.
Tasting Notes: Luckenbach Road Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Vital Stats: Small batch bourbon. 44% ABV (88 Proof). Around $35/750mL. Fredericksburg, Texas.
Appearance: Light yellow-gold with thin legs.
Nose: The nose is surprisingly clear. I immediately received notes of vanilla, stone fruit (specifically plum), cherry, and smoked wood.
Palate: After the robust nature of the nose on the whiskey, I was surprised at the mild nature of the profile on the palate. There is a nuttiness, pecan mainly, with mellow peach and plum.
The main issue I had with this whiskey is its watered-down quality. It gets lost in a cocktail, and I prefer more strength from my bourbon. The nose is powerful, but unfortunately that power doesn’t exactly translate to the palate.
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Jerry Jenae Sampson
Jerry Sampson is a freelance writer, editor and screenwriter. Her creative work is ever improved by her love of whiskey and craft cocktails. She enjoys taking cool fall days to explore the great distilleries around Portland to get a closer look at the inner workings of her favorite spirits.