Berry Bros links with Texan distillery to create a Bourbon

10 October, 2016

Berry Bros & Rudd has added a Texan Bourbon to its premium range of spirits.

Texas Legation Bourbon Whiskey celebrates the historic alliance between the Lone Star state of the USA and Britain’s oldest wine merchant.

It is distilled by brothers Jonathan and Robert Likarish at their Ironroot Republic distillery in Texas and the Bourbon is then blended by Douglas McIvor of Berry Bros & Rudd in London.

Doug McIvor, spirits buyer at Berry Bros said: “The historical link between Berry bros and Texas dates back almost 200 years and it is fitting to finally have a product in the range that symbolises this.”

In 1836, when Texas declared independence from Mexico, the independent state quickly sought to firm strong international ties with France and Britain. The Secretary of State for Texas, Dr Ashbel Smith, was sent to the UK to set up the Texan Legation in London, which between 1842 and 1845 was located above the shop of Berry Bros & Rudd, at St James Street.

McIvor added: “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 is lively and succulent, with flavours of red apples and toffee, rich molasses and a twist of black pepper. Luscious, lingering and very moreish.”

Robert Likarish added: “Being completely frank, when we were first contacted by Berry bros 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’ very own Speyside whisky, The Glenrothes.”

The 46% abv Texas Legation is priced at £49.85 for a 70cl bottle.

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