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New Texas Whiskey Finished In An Ex-Mead Barrel

The Texas Whiskey Festival, in collaboration with San Antoino-based Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling, recently unveiled a rather unique Texas bourbon finished in a former mead barrel.

The new Ranger Creek Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished In A Mead Barrel, according to those behind it, is a Texas bourbon that first spent a year and a half in new oak barrels before aging twelve more months in the mead barrel. It is said this combination produced “light honey and brown sugar characteristics balanced with cherry and sour apple.”

Ranger Creek Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished In A Mead Barrel
The Texas Whiskey Festival, in collaboration with San Antoino-based Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling, recently unveiled a rather unique Texas bourbon finished in a former mead barrel. (image via Texas Whiskey Festival)

For the barrel sourcing on this, the collaborators spent the better part of a year searching for a mead barrel before settling on Austin, TX-based Meridian Hive. Described as a gem of a barrel it is made from “French oak that aged, fermented orange blossom honey and red wine grapes.”

Noted as being part of the Festival’s Tejas Collaboration series, this second tie up with Ranger Creek netted just 288 – 750ml bottles. Available only through Ranger Creek’s tasting room, it costs $65.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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