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Troy Robertson

At first, like many folks, I wasn’t educated on the intricacies of the adult beverages I chose to drink. I liked certain brands simply because my family and college friends liked them. In college, I tried some home brewing and loved the creation process – but that was a hobby, and I had to enter the workforce.

TroySo, after earning my business degree from Texas Tech University and marrying my junior high school sweetheart, I spent 10 successful years on the financial side of the energy business – primarily in private equity and corporate finance. My responsibilities included fundraising, personnel management and operations evaluation for over 20 different portfolio companies ranging in size from $10 million to over $1 billion. It was this experience that solidified my entrepreneurial drive.

But really, I always felt more at home in jeans and boots than in a suit and cap-toed shoes. I had an innate desire to work with my hands and to truly build a business – and a product – from scratch. During my career in oil and gas I started noticing the evolution of micro and craft beers popping up, and loved trying new and innovative brews. Along the way, I had also learned to appreciate whiskey and began sampling different styles and brands.

It wasn’t until a few micro-distilleries crossed my radar that true euphoria set in. My excitement was not for the distilleries I was reading about, but for an idea I couldn’t shake – to build a whiskey distillery in Fort Worth. That was in 2008. From that moment on, I was reading anything I could find on distilling and whiskey (which wasn’t much) and then began reaching out to the distilling community for insight and knowledge. It was at this point Leonard and I crossed paths.

Whiskey is unlike any other spirit – it’s a sense of place, with heritage and complexity. Every whiskey has an elaborate personality and story few others can match. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Troy Robertson

Distiller & Proprietor

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As a third generation Texan, I started my career where my family’s roots were – in the oil business. But I’d always had a deep appreciation for fine craftsmanship and all things handmade.