I wanted to post this a while back. My first exposure to Texas Bourbon was a year ago at the Emotiva x Schiit event. At the Doubletree, I ordered a Garrison Brothers bourbon just to try something local (I had the waiter run down the list of bourbons they had). The one below (leftmost) is the regular Garrison Brothers, which was not as good as the one I tried. The one I tried was a special edition cask strength "Cowboy", which is now a year later like a million dollars (not worth that much, I'd pay $150, but not $400). Anyway, I found Texas Bourbons to be really good, namely stuff from Garrison Brothers, Still Austin, Texas Ranger (not pictured) and Aerodrome. Aerodrome is a local distillery in Corpus Christi TX of all places. CCTX is a dump is so many ways, but it's become "my dump" with a lot of hidden jewels. FWIW, it didn't take more than a day for my daughter to exclaim: I hate California (that is to live there - too many people, too rude) on a recent trip back to our old stomping groups. Texas Bourbons do have a flavor of their own. They a rougher, less smooth, and generally less sweet. I wouldn't say peppery like say the FAE-02 second batch of the Maker's Mark Limited Release (the first one was better), but rough. This style of Bourbon reminds me of that scene in The Searchers when Brad asks John Wayne's character Ethan about what the Comanche's did to one of Ethan's nieces. Ethan replies: What've I got to do -- draw you a picture?...Spell it out?...Don't ever ask me!...Long as you live don't ever ask me more! No, I don't imagine Remington Steele / Brosnan Bond in a bathrobe sipping the Texas stuff with a cigar. Generally from roughest to smoothest goes Garrison Brothers, Texas Ranger, Still Austin. The Still Austin Limited Release (picture above second from left) is very smooth though, as smooth as anything out there outside of the wheated stuff. The Aerodrome (the Bourbons are not pictured) at the high end is very complex and worth the $350 they are asking. The regular Aerodrome stuff reminds me of Booker's, on the sweeter side just short of Booker's. All good stuff. To round things out, the Aerodrome Rum on the right side is unique. It's rum aged in a Laphroaig cask. This is one of those freakshow things that I'm into, but the bartender at Aerodrome served me up to try some and I was sold. I was about to buy a bottle for a colleague "Tek Dave" in California because he happens to love Laphroaig and has a huge rum collection, but alas they ran out. The Genepi is interesting. It's an obvious european style herbal digestif. Think Jagermeister for adults (Jager is shit). I thought I had tasted something similar in the past and it turns out that it's like a Chartreuse. I believe @jexby and @CEE TEE are fans of these green / yellow concoctions. About ten years ago, @CEE TEE and a few others shared a Pakistani meal with chartreuse at Pakwan in Fremont CA after a headphone meet.