6 GRAIN TEXAS STRAIGHT BOURBON

ETBS BARREL PICK

NOVEMBER 2019

CHIEF CADDO

65% CORN, 11% WHEAT, 11% RYE, 6% RYE MALT, 6% MALTED BARLEY, 1% CARA-AMBER BARLEY   124 proof

We wanted to select a barrel to honor the installation of our third East Texas Bourbon Society Chapter, E.T.B.S. Nacogdoches. Believe us when we tell you the stars could not have aligned any more perfect than how they came together on this barrel pick! 

Bottle Specs : TahWahKaro Barrel #2 (Yes the second barrel ever.) - 65% Corn, 11% Wheat, 11% Rye, 6% Rye Malt, 6% Malted Barley, 1% Cara-Amber Barley. This is their first Straight Texas Bourbon Whiskey to be sold, and we highly doubt barrel one will ever be sold! We bottled these beauties at 124 proof with a light non-chill filtration. Visit Heritage Wine & Spirits in Longview to get yours before they sell out!

The Distillery's Name: TahWahKaro is a Caddo Indian term meaning ‘bend in the river’ and the original name of the water source for settlers in Grapevine, TX, which is where the TAH Distillery is located. 

The Story of Chief Caddo: Twin sons were born to an old Caddo Indian chief living on the banks of the Sabine River. Natchitoches was swarthy with black hair and flashing black eyes. Nacogdoches was fair with yellow hair and blue eyes.

As their father neared the end of his days, he called his sons into his presence to receive his final blessings. He commanded that, upon his death, Natchitoches should gather his wife and children, turn his face to the rising sun, and after traveling three days he should build his home and rear a tribe. Nacogdoches was instructed to face the setting sun, walk three days with his family, and establish a new home where he, too, would rear his children and his children’s children.

 

Thus, the twin tribes of Nacogdoches and Natchitoches were born 100 miles apart--one in what would become Tecas and one in the place we know today as Louisiana.The two tribes were located a sufficient distance apart to prevent friction over their hunting grounds, so they remained on friendly terms as the decades passed. The friendship and trade beat out a well-traveled path between the two tribes, a route that eventually became a highway known as El Camino Real by Spanish travelers.

The Chief Caddo Trophy: College football teams across the country play for trophies in rivalry games, but Chief Caddo is the world's largest sports trophy standing 7-foot-6 and weighing over 320 pounds. The East Texas Bourbon Society Bottled our Chief Caddo Barrel  just days before the Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin 2019 Football game! We like to think the promise of a celebratory drink of this sweet nectar is what gave the Jacks the push to defeat the Demons 32-20 in Natchitoches.
 

The tradition originated in 1960, when longtime rivals Northwestern State and SFA decided to award the winner of the game with a trophy.  The settled on a statue of a legendary Indian chief whose tribe was responsible for settling in the locations that became the English-speaking towns of Natchitoches and Nacogdoches.  The loser of the 1961 game would have a

tree chopped down from its nearby forests to be sent to the winning school, who would have a statue carved. The Demons won that 1961 game 35-19 and SFA delivered a 2,000-pound black gum log to Northwestern. Wood carver Harold Green of Logansport spent some 230 hours on the statue. It was named "Chief Caddo" to honor the native Americans that not only first settled the two communities, but provided safety for the early white settlers in the area. Historian say had it not been for the Caddo Indians, the Spanish and French colonists who came to the area would not have survived the onslaughts of the Apache and Comanche warriors from the west and the Natchez from the east. Also, French and Spanish writers of the time said certain wise Caddo chiefs made it possible for the two European colonies to live as neighbors while their mother countries were at war against each other.