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New Rye Whiskey Out Of Texas Finished In A Cider Cask

Collaboration is often a really good thing when it comes to multiple partners going in on the development and production of a new whiskey expression. In Texas this has taken the form of a partnership between the Texas Whiskey Festival (which I was a judge at earlier this year) and Texan distillery Ranger Creek to create a rye whiskey finished in a cider cask from a local cidery.

The new Ranger Creek Texas Rye Tejas whiskey, according to those behind it, is a rye whiskey that spent two and a half years aging in bourbon barrels before being finished in a barrel provided by Austin Eastciders for six months. It is the first in the Tejas (Spanish spelling of the ancient Caddo word for “friend” or “ally”) Series, “a collaboration between the festival and various Texas distillers to create unique offerings that showcase their methods and character.

Ranger Creek Texas Rye Tejas
Ranger Creek Texas Rye Tejas (image via Texas Whiskey Festival)

“Each bottling will be a limited release available only through the respective distiller.”

“This is a truly unique release that I hope people enjoy tasting it as much as we did making it,” said Josh Gardner, head distiller at Ranger Creek, in a prepared statement.

“As a huge fan of their rye whiskey, this has been an amazing experience,” added Texas Whiskey Festival Co-Founder Jake Clements. “I’m excited to share this collaboration with everyone.”

As it stands now this whiskey is for sale directly through Ranger Creek’s tasting room, numbering just 258 750 ml bottles that each price at $70. Limited official tasting notes suggest an expression that’s “rich with floral, baked apple, and cinnamon aromas, with touches of honey, baked red apple, and a hint of bitter apple flavors.”

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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