Ben Milam Whiskey, a Texas-grown distillery and spirits company in Blanco, has just released its second offering, Ben Milam Rye Whiskey. That could be excellent news given that its first product, Ben Milam Single Barrel Bourbon, won a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Ben Milam Rye Whiskey promises “a little extra kick.”

The company and its products are inspired by the legacy and character of Texas freedom fighter Benjamin Rush Milam, who died fighting for Texas’ independence in 1835.

Once the most popular spirit in America, rye whiskey is making a comeback. While bourbon’s main ingredient is corn and provides a sweeter flavor, rye whiskey must be made with 51 percent rye, which gives the spirit a spicy, peppery flavor. So while Ben Milam Bourbon provides a smooth, slightly sweet finish, the company says the rye is for those who prefer a little extra kick.

Ben Milam notes that the amber-colored 80-proof rye whiskey intentionally crafted with bold flavors native to this region. The spirit finishes nicely with hints of black pepper, oak and cinnamon, providing true depth to this whiskey experience, the company notes.

“Our company was founded on a mission to honor the bold, true and gallant history that built Texas, the state we live and love today,” Marsha Milam, CEO and founder of Ben Milam Whiskey, said in a statement. “With the launch of our rye, we’re going beyond Texas and to the foundation of the United States—even George Washington was a distiller of rye whiskey. We thought, ‘If it was good enough for George, it’s good enough for us.’”

Ben Milam Whiskey currently has Texas-wide distribution with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and is available in select Twin Liquors stores throughout the Austin and San Antonio areas. Both Ben Milam Rye and Ben Milam Bourbon are also available for tastings and for sale at the Ben Milam Distillery & Tasting Room in Blanco.

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