Bourbon By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / November 22, 2020 Firestone & Robertson Distilling is known, through its TX whiskeys, to be a strong player in the craft Texas whiskey landscape. For the people involved there, in particular, they seem to take pride in the TX Straight Bourbon they produce. This bourbon is now seeing a bit of an evolution with some sweet wine cask finishes. The new TX Straight Bourbon Tawny Port Finish and TX Straight Bourbon PX Sherry Finish expressions, according to those behind them, explore how “distinctly different sweet wines that bring unique flavor profiles to each expression.” To this end, noted Firestone & Robertson master distiller Rob Arnold in a prepared statement, “to create TX Straight Bourbon Tawny Port Finish, we took four year old TX Straight Bourbon and finished it for six months in 10 year old Tawny Port casks from the Douro Valley of Portugal. TX Straight Bourbon Tawny Port Finish and TX Straight Bourbon PX Sherry Finish expressions (image via Firestone & Robertson Distilling) “Made from French White Oak—and specifically the species Quercus robur—the casks were used to age Tawny Port for 10 years before they were emptied, sent to our distillery, and filled with our bourbon.” The TX Straight Bourbon PX Sherry Finish, meanwhile, added Arnold, happened when his team “took fully matured four year old TX Straight Bourbon and finished it for eight months in 20 year old Pedro Ximénez sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. PX Sherry is one of the sweetest types of sherry wines available. The white grapes used to make PX Sherry are picked very ripe or dried after harvest to concentrate the sugars. Read More Whiskey NewsOpinion: Can Craft Distillers Survive The COVID Lockdown?“We are fortunate in that our partners were able to transport the sherry casks to our distillery in Texas just four weeks after they were emptied in Spain.” Both releases, of which you’ll find official tasting notes below, are initially available at the distillery and across Texas for around $65 per 750 ml bottle. TX Straight Bourbon Tawny Port Finish: Tawny Port possesses caramel, dark fruit, and nutty flavors, and as the bourbon rested in these casks, it picked-up rich nuances from the port still locked in the oak. With a proof of 101.6, TX Straight Bourbon Tawny Port Finish brings forth flavors of dark cherry, candied walnuts, rich caramel and Christmas spices. TX Straight Bourbon PX Sherry Finish: The PX Sherry casks were made from the American White Oak species known as Quercus alba, which typically imparts a sweeter profile than other oak species. This, coupled with the rich flavors infused into the bourbon from the sherry still locked in the oak, gives TX Straight Bourbon PX Sherry Finish—also at 101.6 proof—a sweet and warming profile, with notes of chocolate, baking spices, apricot and maple.