Legendary rockers ZZ Top last year teamed up with Texas distillery Balcones on an American whiskey. Apparently seeing some success with it, a new release recently announced takes the form of a bourbon.
The new Tres Hombres Bourbon, according to those behind it, is made from “3 classic grains, 3 distinct mashbills, and 3 fierce years baked in the Southern heat – harkening back to classic Southern blues, amplified by the crunch of Texas rock n’ roll, and saturated in the tone of American Single Malt.”
Cutting through this, a recent reveal of the bottling label indicates it is seemingly a 1/3-1/3-1/3, 3 year age statement blend of two types of MGP bourbons (1st bourbon aged 5 year, 5 months – 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malted barley; 2nd bourbon aged 3 years, 4 months – 52% corn, 44% rye, 4% malted barley) and one from Balcones (aged 3 years, 1 month; 100% corn), finished in American single malt casks.
“The launch of our 2021 Texas Whisky was an overwhelming success,” said Carl Stubner, Manager of ZZ Top, in a prepared statement. “We look forward to sharing this new sweeter expression with our fans and friends to enjoy raising a glass to followers of good whisky across the country.”
Tres Hombres Bourbon looks to be only a Texas release at this time. The name Tres Hombres, by the way, is also the title of the band’s first top 10 chart album released in 1973.
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