Herman Marshall Texas Bourbon Whiskey (right) won a bronze medal at the 2015 International Whiskey Competition

Herman Marshall Texas Bourbon Whiskey (right) won a bronze medal at the 2015 International Whiskey Competition

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The results are in from the 2015 International Whiskey Competition, where Garland distillery Herman Marshall won a bronze medal for its Texas Bourbon Whiskey. The competition was April 23 and 24 in Chicago.

The prize at the prestigious competition is a bigger deal than it might appear, as only three medals are awarded per category, and the Best Small Batch Bourbon category in which it medalled is an important one.  Marshall Louis and Herman Beckley, who founded Herman Marshall in 2008, make their Texas Bourbon (which happens to be one of my favorite Texas spirits) in an elegant style, with a touch of cedar in the finish.  You can find it at many higher-end restaurants and bars. Bowman Bros. Small Batch won gold in that category, and Buffalo Trace's E.H. Taylor, Jr. won silver. 

Herman Beckley (left) and Marshall Louis at their Garland distillery last year

Herman Beckley (left) and Marshall Louis at their Garland distillery last year

Michael Ainsworth/Staff Photographer

Last May Louis and Beckley invited me to tour their Garland distillery. If you're curious about how they they make their whiskey, take a look at the video.

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