AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Still Austin Whiskey Co., a local distillery located in the heart of South Austin, is delighted to announce that its Cask Strength pure bourbon whiskey has been awarded Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2022. The expression features grains grown 100% by Texas farmers, handcrafted from grain to glass at the distillery, aged in new charred American oak barrels and bottled at 118 proof (59% ABV ). The expression is a deeper, darker and more robust version of its fruity brother (aka The Musician Straight Bourbon), which is also a Double Gold winner. Both bourbons feature a mash bill of 70% non-GMO white corn, 25% Elbon rye, and 5% wild malted barley.
“We are honored that our two pure bourbon whiskeys have now won double gold at this prestigious spirits competition where entries are judged blind,” said Brandon Joldersma, chief operating officer, Still Austin. Whiskey Co. “Cask Strength is a masterpiece of complex, dark flavors with a deep spicy finish.
To create this robust bourbon, the team asked Master Blender Nancy Fraley to rummage through their barrels of Straight Bourbon and select the most complex and flavorful ones, those just begging to be blended and released at “the ‘barrel proof’, i.e. the whiskey has been bottled at the same proof at which it was aged. Always Austin Cask Strength “offers a nose of brandied cherries with muddled fresh mint, an old-fashioned blackberry cobbler with a biscuit crust, and cinnamon toast in brown butter” , according to Fraley. “The palate features notes of grilled peaches drizzled with balsamic vinegar, pecan tart butterscotch and dark brown sugar, followed by warming waves of rye spice, nutmeg and clove.
The artwork on the label, created by internationally acclaimed artist and Texas native Marc Burckhardt, is a slightly modified version of the artwork Straight Bourbon, a series that depicts “archetypical” Austinites. Each gives an idea of the people who have influenced and inspired the team, while paying homage to the Texas terroir. While the Cask Strength bottle also features the image of The Musician, the dark starry night sky is meant to reflect the mysterious nature of the stronger, ‘darker’ whiskey inside the bottle.
Still Austin is an independent craft whiskey distillery founded in 2015, focused on a true grain-to-glass concept that produces the highest quality whiskey by perfecting every step of the process and using local resources and sustainable practices. The team is committed to carrying out each part of the process in-house. This means never sourcing whiskey from another distillery, but always making everything by hand and handling everything in-house – milling, brewing, fermenting, distilling, casking and bottling.
The distillation team is led by Chief Distiller John Schrepel, Master Blender Nancy Fraley and veteran Master Distiller Mike Delevante, one of North America’s most experienced and respected distillers who designed the distillery Still Austin to produce the highest quality bourbon. This includes a bespoke 42-foot column, “Nancy” (and her copper pot still, “The Queen”) that gives distillers serious creative license to create unique new flavors and spirits.
Still Austin’s Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey is available for purchase online through Reserve Bar and the Still Austin website as well as at all Texas retail stores, at a suggested retail price of $60 per 750ml bottle.
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About Still Austin Whiskey Co.
Founded in 2015 by three Austin families, Still Austin Whiskey Co. is a true grain-to-glass distillery, located at 440 East St. Elmo Road in the heart of Austin, Texas. All spirits are handcrafted from grain grown by Texas farmers. Still Austin’s spirits collection includes Still Austin’s flagship Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey and Still Rye Gin. Yet Austin places a high value on sustainability, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions through local sourcing, increasing the region’s biodiversity through heirloom grains, returning depleted grains to local ranchers to feed their animals and the operation of a distillery designed for energy. water efficiency and conservation.