Milam & Greene Releases Distillery Edition Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Written by Susie Oszustowicz OF BEVVY
The 121.9 proof bourbon is surprisingly smooth for such a high-proof spirit.
Milam & Greene, the distilling duo out of Blanco, Texas, has just released the first of its Texas Hill Country Limited Edition Series, a grain-to-glass straight bourbon whiskey, this past week in the midst of the pandemic. This first limited-edition bottle, a labor of love by the team with veteran Kentucky master distiller Marlene Holmes at the helm, is a fine example of what they dub “true American whiskey with a Texas heart.”
The 121.9 proof bourbon is surprisingly smooth for such a high-proof spirit. It was distilled in a 300-gallon pot still from a mashbill of 70% corn, 22% malted rye, and 8% malted barley, and has round notes of vanilla, nuts, and baking spices. We recommend this bourbon be sipped just as we tasted it—neat first, then opened up with a few drops of water.
In the last decade, the Lone Star State has experienced a whiskey boom. Ask any bartender, including Caudebec, and they’ll tell you that Texas, particularly Austin and the nearby Texas Hill Country, is home to some of the best craft whiskeys in the nation. And of the growing crop of new distilleries, one of the region’s clear standouts is Milam & Greene: an independent, women-owned whiskey brand.
These five new grain-to-glass releases are proof that the state’s still-young whiskey industry is developing a bold regional profile.
The Lone Star State, the largest in terms of square mileage in the continental U.S. as well as one of its most populous, encompasses a wide range of home-grown spirits. In other words, don’t mess with Texas.