The four new, federally regulated whiskies meet the criteria of the 1897 Bottled-in-Bond Act for spirits aged at least four years and bottled exactly at 100 proof.
A press release from Still Austin notes that the first expression in the limited series is a Red Corn Bourbon, and it was “inspired by the heat of the Texas summer, offering creamsicle and black tea scents, followed by a palate of peppermint and marzipan.”
The following three expressions will feature a high rye bourbon coming in the fall, a blue corn bourbon this winter, and a straight rye whiskey in the spring of 2024.
The distiller noted that each of the whiskeys were distilled to capture the ingredients, flavors and themes of the season that inspired them. They will also sell only in the season of their release.
For this summer’s Red Corn Bourbon, the distiller’s notes show the liquid combines the nuttiness of Jimmy Red corn, with the sweet spice of rye.
Each of Still Austin’s Bottled-in-Bond releases are made with 100-percent Texas-grown grains and utilizes a six-month slow water reduction process, which helps bring out more vanilla and caramel notes.
“The launch of this series represents a new chapter in Still Austin’s legacy, highlighting our dedication to craftsmanship and the vibrant agricultural landscape and communities that surround us in Austin,” said Mike Spadier, Still Austin’s chief marketing officer.
“The choice to create a whiskey for each of the four seasons embodies our commitment to capturing the essence of nature’s bounty,” he added. “Each bottle in this series is a testament to the artistry and care that goes into every drop of Still Austin whiskey, reflecting the unique character and flavors that define each season.”
The artwork on the labels, created by Texas artist Marc Burckhardt, evokes the animals and the seasons while paying homage to the Texas terroir.
“My work revolves around myth and symbolism, often utilizing animals to drive the narrative,” Burckhardt said. “The paintings tell the story behind these unique whiskies, relating seasons, flavors, and characters with the experience of these spirits.”
Red Corn Bourbon is now available online at ReserveBar as well as on the Still Austin website.
For more information or to find a bottle, check out www.stillaustin.com.