#DrinkUpLinkUp — 1835 Bourbon
Over Christmas in Texas, my husband and I went to a liquor store for a bottle of… something. We walked in the door, and I immediately couldn’t decide what I wanted. None of the usual goodies sounded right. After roaming around the aisles for awhile, we ended up on the whiskey aisle. A salesman asked if he could help us. We explained our problem: we wanted something different.
He lead us over to this:
He told us he couldn’t keep it on the shelves because of its popularity, and he told us that it was as smooth as some of their top-end bourbons. We told him we were skeptical, we’d tried other Texas-branded liquors and had been less than impressed with all of them. (OKay, all of them except Tito’s Vodka. My husband keeps a bottle of that around all the time, he likes it so much. THEY can distill some good vodka!) He swore we’d be impressed this time, so with a sense of adventure, we went with it. Plus, it was very reasonably priced.
We got it back to my parent’s house and poured a shot of it to share.
We were once again, less than impressed with a Texas-branded alcohol. This wasn’t a sipping bourbon, leaving the salesman’s claim of it being as smooth as a high-end bourbon a total empty promise. I was disappointed, but also not terribly surprised.
It mixes well enough, at least. I wouldn’t drink it on the rocks, but as a bourbon and coke or a Manhattan or old fashioned it would be fine. We’ve mixed it with coke or ginger ale to almost get through the bottle.
I’m from Texas, and I truly want to love Texas liquors… but so far, I’ve been left less than impressed. 1835 Bourbon is on that list of, “Just okay” versus “Awesomeness.”