Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon Whiskey
Treaty Oak Ghost Hill is a Texas distillery founded in 2006 near Austin with a story so familiar that I’m getting tired of repeating it on this blog. An upstart distillery, not enough startup capital, long time to wait for whiskey to age, blah blah blah. These guys added a clever twist by branding their “get sourced whiskey to pay the bills” bottlings under the “Red Handed” moniker. In other words, they stole somebody else’s whiskey. Yuk yuk. Thankfully, this review is of a “grain to glass” bottling of the distillery’s own output called Ghost Hill.
Named after our 28-acre ranch home in Dripping Springs, Texas, Ghost Hill Bourbon is a unique whiskey made with local heirloom grains from Barton Springs Mill. A genuine grain to glass bourbon, it is mashed, fermented, distilled, barreled, aged 2 years, and bottled on-site at our Treaty Oak Distillery. Ghost Hill is a Bourbon born of years of purposeful experimentation.
Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Distillery in Texas (Aged 2 Years, 57% Corn, 32% Wheat, 11% Barley).
Texas Wheat & Yellow No.1 Corn. Aged under the hot Texas sun in first use American White Oak Char 3 Barrels.
Taffy and buttercream up front, sweet wheat dinner rolls, honey, anise, and a persistent green-grassiness. Sweet, and unmistakably wheated. Rest in the glass makes it even sweeter, and picks up some sticky caramel notes.
Silky, full body. Sweet upfront as well, although it’s a tad hot even for 47.5% ABV. After the burn, some nice deep oaky sugar notes, maple candies, raw honeycomb, and resiny fresh-hewn oak emerge.
Medium-long. Oak tannins abound, and the finish is far drier than I expected. A hint of charcoal and toasted white bread. Fades without evolving.