San Antonio, Texas-based Devils River Distillery released its latest premium whiskey expression: Devils River Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a "grain-to-glass" 100 percent Texas straight bourbon.
Devils River Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey is individually bottled at barrel proof from a hand-selected combination of the finest Texas-grown grains, the company says. The single-barrel approach bestows each bottle with a distinct flavor and, combined with bottling at barrel proof, delivers flavorful and a unique experience, it adds. Born and aged for over two years in the Lone Star State, each barrel is crafted by Devils River Whiskey head distiller Mike Cameron.
"This is an expression we have been working on for many years," said Cameron, co-founder and president of Devils River Whiskey, in a statement. "The unique characteristics and complex flavor profile offers a sinfully smooth experience for everyone, from the casual drinker to the bourbon connoisseur."
Devils River Whiskey sources Texas-grown grains to create the mash bill. Temperature can play an important role in whiskey distilling, and head distiller Cameron credits the sweltering Texas climate for naturally accelerating the aging cycle of the process, the company says. This can ultimately double the aging time of a whiskey in Texas compared with other milder or fluctuating temperature climates, it adds.
"Up to 75 percent of the flavor in whiskey comes from the dark No. 4 charred oak barrel the whiskey is aged in, this gives Devils River Distillery an advantage to their aging process," Cameron said.
Due to the Texas climate, the whiskey extracts more of the complex flavors from the wood staves of the barrel, allowing its distinctive characteristics to shine through, according to the company.
The debut of Devils River Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey follows in the footsteps of its award-winning release of Devils River Coffee Bourbon, a steeped whiskey with smoothness and coffee forward flavor.
Starting in December, Devils River Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey with be available at retailers throughout Devils River’s 29-state footprint.
Coming in 2021, Devils River Whiskey will introduce its Devils River Distiller's Select Straight Bourbon Whiskey.