"The idea behind this characterful bourbon is applaudable, but for now it is too young"
(Photo from Whiskybase)
Yellow Rose Distillery was founded in 2010 as the first legal distillery in Houston and named after the woman that helped Sam Houston in his battle against the Mexicans. The distillery produces its own 100% corn bourbon that is aged for about 6 months in small barrels, along with this is sells a sourced rye and blended American whiskey. According to them, their bourbon “…breaks all the traditional bourbon laws”, since it is made only from Texas yellow corn. They also state that the character of their whisky is influenced by the large temperature swings over there causing high levels of evaporation. In contrast to many other American craft distilleries, their products are currently widely available in the Netherlands.
It starts a bit punchy, but also slightly one sided. Lots of pumpkin seed bread, definitely lots of wood, and fresh orange peel. I find it slightly bitter, while it gets sweeter over time with caramel glaze, orange sweets, some sweet corn, surprisingly little for a complete corn whiskey, accompanied by a few rye spices, which are likely coming from the wood.
It leaves a bitter first impression, any one that feels slightly younger and less complex than the nose. Orange zest, fresh corn, drying tannins, fresh wood, orange parts, and a hint of other citrus fruits. There are also some fresh green apples int he development before a reasonable finish on orange parts, wood sticks and lemon zest.
Although I applaud the way Yellow Rose Distillery is aiming to produce a bourbon with its own character, I think the current version shows potential, but it is a bit too punchy, bitter and young. A few years of careful maturation might add a much needed depth of scents and flavour to their spirit. Note that it is better then many other attempts from the wide array of American craft distillers and certainly better than a few blended sourced bourbons we had here lately.
Big thanks to for sharing the sample!
• these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •