Texas Whiskey Wins Double Gold At The 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Written by Claudia Alarcón
Under her direction, the distillery is dedicated to batching, blending, sourcing, cask finishing, and grain-to-glass distillation.
Casks, grains and people come from all over the United States, but the distilleries are in Blanco, Texas and in master distiller Marlene Holmes’s home state of Kentucky. “We think of Milam & Greene as a truly American Whiskey experience strengthened by our renegade Texas heart,” says master distiller Marlene Holmes, who joined in 2018 year after 27 years at Jim Beam.
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.