I've lived in DFW or Austin my entire life and though I wouldn't call myself annoyingly hardcore with Texas allegiance, I DO tend to buy Texan ceteris paribus. I buy Shiner, Texas-made salsas, maybe even a bottle of wine now and again. Except for bourbon - Kentucky just does that to perfection. But I keep trying some of the Texas products out there. They are popping up all over the place but many of them just truck in their juice from out-of-state and slap a Texas label on it, so of the 'legit' Texas shops:
Garrison Brothers is too rough around the edges for me (and not worth the price point, nowhere near that).
I know there's a huge discussion on Balcones in another thread, and I would have loved to get my hands on their 5th anniversary bourbon but that ship has sailed.
There's a distillery in FW coming out with a bourbon sometime this year, but it will be very young, probably 2 years. That distillery also makes the TX Blended Whiskey, which has won awards but also apparently has vodka in it (per internet rumblings). So I don't have high hopes there.
But I just discovered a distillery in Dallas County less than 4 miles from my house. They put out a bourbon called Herman Marshall - has anyone had it? I think I'm going to try to find it this weekend just for giggles. It doesn't have an age statement, and the bottle doesn't say 'straight bourbon' - yet I saw they won ADI awards in the straight bourbon category (along with the Balcones V bourbon I think), and I seem to remember reading an article where the founders said it had been barreled for 10 years. So I'm curious long story short...