Ready for Organic, Texas-made Bourbon?

on 16/12/10 at 11:33 am

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A Texas distillery has a shot at releasing the world’s first organic bourbon, but the makers of a pioneering organic vodka say the spirit may not be an easy sell.

Garrison Brothers Distillery, Texas’ first legal whiskey distillery, is already producing bourbon that’s organic in all but name. Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from organic corn, rye, wheat and barley, and their distillery in Hye meets all the criteria for organic certification. But the young business, which released its first bottles this year, hasn’t yet come up with the $20,000 needed to obtain the proper paperwork.

“We’ve followed all the rules,” owner Dan Garrison says. “But we’re just a small, small operation.”

The Sazerac Company, which a decade ago debuted Rain Organics Vodka, is considerably bigger, but Amy Preske, a spokesperson for Buffalo Trace – one of four distilleries operated by Sazerac – says there are no immediate plans to issue an organic bourbon.

Buffalo Trace master distiller Harlen Wheatley has called organic bourbon “a good idea,” Preske says, but she wasn’t sure how high the concept was ranked on his perpetual list of experiments.

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