Review: Yellow Rose Blended Whiskey and Outlaw Bourbon

Review: Yellow Rose Blended Whiskey and Outlaw Bourbon

Yellow Rose Blended WhiskeyHouston is my hometown, and the one thing it hasn’t had is a distillery. Distilling is surprisingly new to Texas — Tito’s was the sole operator in the state for years — but now folks are diving headlong into their stills here. And now, finally, Houston has its first distilling operation it can call its own: Yellow Rose, named after the, well, not the state flower (the bluebonnet) but the floral touchstone of Texas, at least.

Here we look at the company’s Bourbon and its new Blended Whiskey (just launched in May). A rye, not tasted, is also available. Thoughts follow.

Yellow Rose Blended Whiskey – A blend of various whiskeys from various sources (including Bourbon), with no grain neutral spirit added. Essentially Canadian in style, this is a surprisingly good but simple sipper that would also make for a great little base for many a whiskey cocktail. It’s got plenty of sweetness to start out with, and ample fruit behind it, a virtual cocktail of apple, cherry, and citrus at play. Modest grain makes an appearance on the nose and on the back of the body, balancing well with the fruitier characteristics. The finish is light and clean, in keeping with everything that’s come before it. This is hardly a “thinking” whiskey that you’ll sip and savor, but it’s definitely a fit for all the Texans I know, where whiskey is consumed on hot days, poured over lots of ice, and downed, quickly, by the glassful. 80 proof. Reviewed: Batch #1. B+ / $32 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]

Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey – Heavy corn on the nose, clearly a young whiskey (100% corn) that Yellow Rose actually makes itself in pot stills and which is aged in small barrels (10 gallons in size) for a mere 6 months. Rough and tumble, with notes of mesquite fires, burning coal, and a hefty dose of popcorn, it’s frontier Bourbon through and through, brash and fiery. One of those micro-Bourbons that I’d like to see at about 5 or 6 years of age. 92 proof. Reviewed: Batch #8. C+ / $65 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]

Yellow Rose Blended Whiskey




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Troy on September 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    That seems like a low rating on a bourbon that won a Double Gold Medal in the bourbon 10 years and younger category at San Francisco Wine & Spirits Comp. this year. The Outlaw Bourbon also won a Gold Best of Category medal at ADI this year. On 9/10/2013 the Blended Whiskey won a Double Gold Best in Category medal at the New York Wine & Spirits Comp.

    • Christopher Null on September 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      I don’t pay a lot of attention to competition scores, or other reviews for that matter. That said, my reviews are just one man’s opinion… different strokes for different folks.

  2. Chris on January 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I suppose it’s the cynic in me, but I can’t help wondering if the “Troy” who posted above about all the awards this whiskey won is the same Troy Smith who works at Yellow Rose Distilling.

  3. duplouy m on November 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    coucou j’habite en France …moi j’ai deguster ce whisky , je le trouve exellent , parfumé et j’espere en trouver ici en France et il n’est pas plus couteux qu’un autre .si on veut deguster de la qualité il faut y mettre le prix et celui du Yellow Rose n’est pas encore excessif croyez moi

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