Whiskey Wisdom from the Fill Station
Posted on June 02 2018
There's not much us Southerns love more than our BBQ and Whiskey. That's why I think the converted gas station to BBQ and Whiskey joint in the small Texas town of Lake Jackson is heaven. When I first found the Fill Station and sat down for a whiskey and a chopped beef sandwich I was blown away.
There are plenty of places with great BBQ or a great whiskey selection but rarely do you find a gem like this that has both. All this in a relaxing setting that feels part Ice House and part back yard patio. Brothers Kyle and Kent Devine both have their passion and its on full display. Kent handles the BBQ using family recipes while Kyle runs the whiskey business.
Not only do they stock plenty of rare and hard to find bottles of whiskey,bourbon and scotch, Kyle will give you the run down on each one. Also each week on their instagram @thefillstation(be sure to follow them) he will select a bottle to highlight and give you the run down on the distillers history or maybe some unique our obscure fact about the drink along with some tasting notes. This is where Whiskey Wisdom from the Fill Station comes from.
So if you can't make it to Lake Jackson to grab some grub and a glass, join us here, where we will share their pictures along with their featured whiskeys and bourbons. Please note that all the photos are by Kent, and Kyle drops the Whiskey Wisdom.
Whiskey ListLittle Book
George T. Stagg
Rock & Rye
Family Estate Bottle Rye
Weller 12yr and Weller Special Reserve
Little Book - Beam
Join us as we begin our Whiskey of the Week series with a very special new addition from the Beam Family. Don’t be fooled by the name, Little Book “The Easy” is an uncut, unfiltered beast of a blend weighing in at a whopping 128.2 proof. The first release by Freddie Noe, eighth generation distiller, son of Fred and grandson of the late Booker Noe, goes to show that American blended whiskey should never be tarnished by neutral spirits.
It’s composed of all straight whiskeys: 4 year old bourbon, 6 year old malt whiskey, 6 year old rye whiskey, and 13 year old corn whiskey. All together they make a beautiful symphony with a range of notes.
George T. Stagg
George T. Stagg built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, during a time known as the Gilded Age of Bourbon. For most bourbon geeks, Stagg is the pinnacle of all greatness, the unicorn, the Mecca. However, due to this rarity, many will never have the chance to experience Stagg in its full glory.
So the good folks at Buffalo Trace have given us closest to kin, call it an offspring of Stagg, aptly named Junior. But don’t be fooled, there is nothing small about this guy. Straight from the barrel, uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of the man himself. Notes of brown sugar, black cherry, and clove are balanced by smoky, peppery rye spice. Come by this week and have a full pour at half price. At nearly 130 proof, open it up with a few drops of water, sit back and ponder the greatness of America.
While many whiskey drinkers are still unfamiliar with the wonders of Japan, Suntory is soon coming up on its 100 Year anniversary. Inspired by traditional Scotch, in 1923 Shinjiro Torii envisioned a Japanese approach by choosing a terrain and climate completely different from those of Scotland.
Hibiki is a blended whiskey containing a harmony of over 30 grain and malt whiskies from three distilleries aged up to 30 years in a variety of casks including Japanese oak and plum wine barrels. Together this blend offers aromas of rose, lychee, and sandalwood with flavors of honey, orange peel, and white chocolate.
Four Roses Bourbon has one of the most interesting histories of all the distilleries in the United States. Some might believe it reached it’s pinnacle as the top selling bourbon from the 1930s thru the 1950s, when Seagrams, the owner at that time, decided to transition the brand into a blended whiskey. During this time it was made mostly of neutral grain spirit and became known as “rotgut” whiskey. Unavailable for over forty years as a straight bourbon, the brand changed hands in 2002 and was reintroduced to the US.
Now composed of 10 distinct bourbons made using two mash bills and five proprietary yeast strains, artfully blended to revive the Bourbon of the past. Sweet aromas of honeyed apples are balanced with gentle baking spices. This week come enjoy a full pour at half price as we celebrate the comeback of a King.
Triple Smoke - Corsair
Corsair is the embodiment of craft distilling. With two distilleries, one in Bowling Green and the other in Nashville, Corsair pushes the envelope by offering a plethora of spirits using a variety of grains, smokes, spices and botanicals. We are excited to share this Whiskey of the Week rightfully titled Triple Smoke.
By smoking malted barley with three different fuels - cherry wood, peat, and beechwood - they create a whiskey of no comparison. Aged in new charred oak barrels, Triple Smoke offers the sweet woody notes of an American whiskey, the rich texture and smoke of a single malt, only further enhanced by notes of cherry and beech. This week we honor the little guys in their fight for creativity and passion.
Located in Franklin County, Kentucky, Buffalo Trace Distillery is a truly historical site with buildings dating back to 1792. While the distillery produces many styles of whiskey, including the famed George T. Stagg and Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon is the distillery's largest production and is blended in batches of 25 barrels.
Distilled mostly from corn grown in Kentucky with rye and malted barley, the bottles range from six to eight years. With sweet aromas of vanilla, honey and brown sugar Buffalo Trace is an everyday tipple.
Rock & Rye
The original American cure-all, Rock & Rye has been served in saloons and pharmacies since the 1800's. Its history can be traced back to the first American saloons, where barkeeps with lavish mustaches would pour a shot of rye whiskey and top it with a stick of rock candy. The candy would soften and sweeten the harshness of the the spirit, and with the addition of bitters, essentially become something not unlike the granddaddy of all cocktails: the Old Fashioned.
The effects of this concoction were so immediate and powerful that it migrated its way to the pharmacy where it was used to treat coughs, colds, sore throats, asthma, pneumonia, sniffles, chills, and disease of the throat, chest, and lungs. Celebrated in popular culture‚ rock and rye was mentioned by none other than Sheriff Pat Garrett as the libation of choice for his pals as they chased Billy The Kid across the rugged Western landscape.
Most recently, craft distillers are creating a resurgence of something historical and unique to America. Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye is made with a base of rye whiskey infused with honey from Pennsylvania, navel oranges from Florida, aromatic bitters, and a pinch of rock candy. Enjoy it as an easy shot with friends, on the rocks, or with a dash of bitters to make a tasty old fashioned.
Balcones began with a couple of home brewers in 2008 in a tiny old welding shop under a bridge in Waco, Texas. With a beer background, a focus on the best ingredients, specially tailored yeast strains, handmade copper pot stills, customized barrels, and a unique Texas climate, Balcones has come to the forefront of this incredible craft distilling movement as a true catalyst.
Baby Blue represents the first Texas whiskey on the market since Prohibition and is distilled from roasted heirloom blue corn. After experimenting with a variety of maize, Balcones found that the rich, oily blue corn added a level of complexity while retaining the key flavors of American whiskey. Aged only a short time in a combination of toasted and used barrels, the whiskey touches on all the familiar woody notes while preserving the rich nutty, caramel corn overtones of the distillate. Bursting with aromas of bananas foster, vanilla, and sweet spiced butter, Baby Blue is a tasty treat for both novices and connoisseurs alike.
Family Estate Bottle Rye - Willet Distillery
With over two centuries of history in the whiskey biz and 80+ years of barreling their own whiskey, the Willett Family is no new kid on the block. Also know as Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, their lineup extends to Johnny Drum, Old Bardstown, Noah's Mill, and Rowan's Creek to name a few. After a short hiatus of about 20 years, the family is back in full production after re-opening the distillery in 2012. During that time they continued to bottle whiskey from the existing warehouses, as well as sourcing from Heaven Hill.
Our favorite spirit that Willett produces is the Family Estate Bottled Rye Whiskey first introduced in 2008. Although once sourced, as of 2015 the Family Estate Rye is now distilled at the original distillery in their copper pot still. This whiskey has come to epitomize what rye grain is. Aromas of chocolate, baking spices, cinnamon and spearmint are balanced by sweet undertones of vanilla, orange zest, and cherry pie. The palate offers the same balance with spicy and piney herbal mintiness followed by honey and cloves
Weller 12 Year & Weller Special Reserve
Although most whiskey drinkers are familiar with Weller Bourbon, not everyone is aware of the history. W.L. Weller & Sons originally operated as a liquor wholesaler which was sold in 1908 to Julian "Pappy" Van Winkle Sr., a longtime salesman for the company. Two years later they acquired A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery and began producing a number of bourbons including Cabin Still, Rebel Yell, Old Fitzgerald, and not to mention the most highly sought after whiskey in the world, Pappy Van Winkle.
What makes these bourbons so unique is that as opposed to using rye in their mashbill, rye is substituted for wheat, a softer, more mellow grain which lends more to the sweetness of the corn. Today both Weller and Pappy Van Winkle are produced at Buffalo Trace Distillery from the same exact mashbill, and essentially the only difference being barrel selection. This week we are offering a special treat with a double header Whiskey of the Week. Come by and try both Weller Special Reserve and Weller 12 Year side by side. Although the same whiskey at heart, it's fun to see what a few extra years in the barrel will do to a whiskey.