Texas Legation Bourbon Whiskey has joined Berry Bros & Rudd’s portfolio.
The 46% bourbon is distilled at Ironroot Republic Distillery in Denison, Texas by brothers Jonathan and Robert Likarish, before being blended by Berry Bros & Rudd’s Douglas McIvor.
The liquid is made up of three different batches of bourbon, consisting of various proportions of yellow, red and purple corn, as well as rye, aged in four American and two European oak casks.
The duo says the whiskey celebrates the historic alliance between Britain’s oldest wine merchant and the ‘Lone Star’ state of the USA. The Texan diplomatic representative to the UK used to hold meetings above the shop of Berry Bros & Rudd, opposite St James’s Palace at No.3 St James’s Street, as part of the Texan Legation between 1842 and 1845.
McIvor, spirits buyer at Berry Bros, said: ‘The historical link between Berry Bros & Rudd and Texas dates back almost 200 years and it is fitting to finally have a product in the range that symbolises this.
‘In collaboration with the Likarish Brothers at the Ironroot Republic Distillery, we have blended a Texan whiskey which celebrates our special relationship.
‘This young, bold Bourbon has enticing aromas of vanilla, honey, toffee, bananas and fresh bread. To taste, it’s lively and succulent, with flavours of red apples and toffee, rich molasses and a twist of black pepper.’
Robert Likarish commented: ‘Being completely frank, when we were first contacted by Berry Bros & Rudd about a possible project with a Texas Whiskey Distiller, we did have to question the authenticity of the query. It seemed almost too good to be true, as one of the whiskies that inspired my brother and me on our journey is Berry Bros & Rudd’s very own Speyside whisky – The Glenrothes.
‘We sent a selection of samples to be blended by the team at Berry Bros & Rudd in London and Doug McIvor worked his magic, and the rest, as they say, is history. Whiskey has a way of bringing people together and we are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant.’
At 46% abv, the bourbon is available to the trade through Berry Bros’ agency business Fields, Morris & Verdin