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Yellow Rose Distilling Lets Folks Take a Shot of Smooth Whiskey Blended with Rich Texas History

By Elisha Neubauer

Founded in 2010, Yellow Rose Distilling stemmed from the imagination of three friends: Troy Smith, Ryan Baird, and Randy Whitaker. Named after the legendary Yellow Rose of Texas, which is believed to have secured General Sam Houston's victory in the 1836 battle of San Jacinto, Yellow Rose Distilling officially began serving the Texas area in 2012.

"Yellow Rose Distilling is a curious amalgam of people who are passionate about making spirits and sharing those spirits with people who are equally passionate to learn about them," says Heather Doughty, Event Manager for Yellow Rose Distilling. "It's a casual place to unwind with friends on a Friday or Saturday tour; taking in the absolute coolness of the distilling equipment while walking through the hundreds of whiskey-soaked barrels."

Founders Troy Smith, Ryan Baird, and Randy Whitaker are shown above.

The business began with the brand's Outlaw Bourbon -- a creation which got its start in Smith & Baird's garage. "From there we just kept creating," states Baird. "As our product line grew, so did our vision." In true Texas fashion, their concepts just kept getting bigger. "We purchased a 600 gallon still, a distillation column, fermenters and lots of oak barrels," Baird explains. "Our facility was now large enough to accommodate public tours as well as, host private events."

Today, the facility hosts on-site tours complete with tastings of four Yellow Rose whiskeys and Howdy Stranger Vodka. Their on-site bar is open during the tours so that guests can grab a cocktail before heading out on the tour. Whiskeys can be purchased directly from the distillery, allowing guests to pick up their very own hand-made bottle with a special edition label detailing their visit to the facility.

"From our product line we have the ability to create all sorts of cocktails," explains Doughty. "For the whiskey connoisseurs, I'd have to give them an unadulterated Outlaw Bourbon-neat. Those who need just a little bit more convincing, we like to offer them a 'Taste Like Freedom.'" This drink is often said to taste like apple pie and uses Yellow Rose's Blended Whiskey, apple-cinnamon syrup, a splash of lemon juice, and a cinnamon stick garnish.

In addition to being the first legal whiskey distillery in Texas, Yellow Rose Distilling has recently snagged several awards, including a Best In Class award for their Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon at the American Distilling Institute and a Double Gold for their Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey at the San Francisco Artisan Spirits competition. They also took home awards for being both a Finalist and Great Value at The Ultimate Spirits competition.

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