Bourbon By Nino Marchetti / October 8, 2017 Share Tweet Pin Share San Luis Spirits Distilling Company is a craft distillery out of Texas mostly known as the producer of Dripping Springs Vodka. It also distills a range of other gins and vodkas. Now they are getting into bourbon, too, with the unveiling of 1876 Texas Straight Bourbon. Sun Luis Spirits 1876 Texas Straight Bourbon, according to those behind it, is made from an 80% Texas corn and 20% Secale Cereale Oklahoma winter rye mash bill that’s aged in American white oak barrels and finished with mineral rich Hill Country artesian spring water before being bottled. “In Central Texas, due to the summer heat and average winter highs well into the 60’s, bourbon tends to mature quicker than comparably aged products in Kentucky,” said Kevin Kelleher, San Luis Spirits Co-Founder and CEO, in a prepared statement. “Our mix of 3,4 and 5 year barrels has a richness beyond its years.” Plans call for this whiskey to be released in Texas both at retailers and at the distillery tasting room. Very limited official tasting notes suggest “subtle notes of Rye toast, caramel, vanilla and a hint of smoke on the palette.” The bourbon, for the curious, is named as such for a number of historical reasons. These include the American Centennial, the ratification of The Texas Constitution, the formation of The National League of Professional Baseball Leagues, the invention of the telephone and the first sanctioned women’s boxing match.