Texoma Distillery Less Than A Year Out From Bottling Bourbon

Texoma Distillery Less Than A Year Out From Bottling Bourbon

Henrietta, TX-  Just across the Clay County line, a gravel road in Henrietta will lead you to Rocking M Ranch Distillery.

In 2012, we first told you about a couple opening up the first distillery in Texoma with hopes of one day distributing their own bourbon.

Their dream will soon become a reality. Newschannel 6 took a tour of their distillery to find out how their company is doing and how close they are to actually putting their product on store shelves.

Owners told Newschannel 6 the whiskey is ready, but they want to wait until its just right before customers pour some.

"We're trying to build a new industry in the area, and that's kind of going our way right now," said Tony Moore, Owner & Operator.

Five years ago, Tony and his wife, Debbie invested a barrel of money into the bourbon business.

"We were looking for two things when we decided to get into the whiskey business.  We wanted something that the economy didn't affect, and we wanted something we could make here and sell it some place else," said Tony.

The Moore's entered the whiskey business at a perfect time. demand for the product has grown internationally, but the process to produce fine bourbon takes "patience and time."

"Bourbon whiskey can be released young at almost any date in a barrel.  It doesn't necessarily mean that it's ready. Our whiskey is about a year and a half old, and it tastes extremely good, but we're going to hold it until it's a straight bourbon," said Tony.

In order for whiskey to be considered a straight bourbon and for them to receive maximum profit, it has to stay in a whiskey barrel for at least two years.                
Tony says some of his will sit for three to four years.

As the couple waits for its bourbon to age, it has been selling two flavors of its moonshine to help support the business. It's called 'Texas Sipping Shine' and it comes in two flavors Lemon Drop and Apple Pie. 
"Right now, we're from the Metroplex to Amarillo," said Tony. "Our distributors are now actually this week they are in Austin, San Antonio, and the Houston area right now. Within a few months, we'll be all over the state of Texas"

If you are wondering, what is the name of the bourbon. it's called Enoch Sylvester, named after Tony's grandfather.

It's expected to hit store shelves in August of 2016.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6