Still Austin Whiskey Co., a homegrown distillery situated in the heart of South Austin, will unveil a limited-release Double Barreled Bourbon, the fourth expression in its highly-coveted “Distillery Reserve Series.”
Made from 100% Texas rye grains, the new whiskey expression combines portions of high-rye bourbon from six different aging barrels which were then blended and put into a single freshly charred oak cask to continue aging. In total, the bourbon was aged for three years and bottled at 109 proof (54.5% ABV). The end result yielded a total of 200 750ml bottles, will which retail for $100 each. Whiskey lovers can enter into an online lottery for the chance to purchase a bottle (limit one) by visiting the brand website beginning on Wednesday, March 25 at 12:00 PM. Still Austin will notify all winners on April 1, 2021, via email, who will then have 48 hours to purchase their bottle. Bottles can be picked up at the Still Austin distillery beginning on Saturday, April 10 at 12 PM.
“This Distillery Reserve Series releases are highly-anticipated events and this is our most limited-release to date,” said Brandon Joldersma, General Manager. “Due to the limited number of bottles for this release, and how quickly previous releases sold out, we decided to host an online lottery to give more people an opportunity to secure a bottle.”
Like the spirits inside, the bottles themselves are works of creative expression. Still Austin enlisted Austin artist Tim Doyle to create the one-of-a-kind 3D label. The artwork features a monstrous octopus with its tentacles wrapped around two barrels of bourbon and the words “Still Austin.” The label was rendered using traditional anaglyph 3D techniques which when combined with the iconic red and blue glasses creates a nostalgic 3D effect.
- Nose: creamy vanilla frosting, buttered brown sugar, toffee, custard, apricot, dates, maple syrup
- Palate: roasted almonds, toasted marshmallow, warm whipped cinnamon butter, caramelized pecans, cherry, dark chocolate, cinnamon, date, fig
- Finish: vanilla, salted chocolate pretzels, nutmeg, cherries
Still Austin is an independent craft whiskey distillery founded in 2015, focusing on a true grain-to-glass concept that produces the highest quality whiskey by perfecting every part of the process and using local resources and sustainable practices. The team is committed to carrying out each part of the process in-house. That means never sourcing whiskey from another distillery, and instead always hand-making everything from scratch, and managing everything in-house – milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, barreling and bottling.
The Still Austin distilling team is led by Head Distiller John Schrepel, Master Blender Nancy Fraley and veteran Master Distiller Mike Delevante, one of the most experienced and respected distillers in North America who designed the distillery to make the highest quality of bourbon. That includes a 42-foot custom-made column, “Nancy,” (and her sister copper-pot still, “The Queen”) which give the distillers serious creative license to create unique new flavors and spirits. The team also uses Texas weather to its advantage. The region’s high heat, humidity and rapidly shifting temperatures encourage spirits to move rapidly in and out of the oak barrels and mature relatively quickly—but, if this process is left unchecked, it can also cause the bourbon to have heavy oak flavor or harsh tannic qualities. To prevent this, Still Austin uses a meticulous slow water reduction technique focused on flavor and balance, which gives the alcohol a softness on the palate and brings more “mature” notes to the forefront.
For more information, visit www.stillaustin.com.