Still Austin Limited Release Single Barrel|
Today, we have two special barrels from Still Austin. When looking for new brands/distillers I have a few tools that I use. The most reliable is to follow whatever distillery Nancy Fraley consults for. If you're unfamiliar with her work I suggest you listen to her Bourbon Pursuit episode. She's an incredible blender. She's the inspiration for a lot of the blending education we do at Seelbach's. Nancy is the master blender at Still Austin.
What got me excited about Still Austin was their use of the slow water reduction process. This is done in brandy or rum. Instead of waiting until a barrel is dumped to proof it down, Still Austin slowly adds water to the barrels over many years. This process allows the more subtle flavors to remain intact. It also increases the extraction of caramel and vanilla notes. These compounds are more soluble inwater. There's a lot of other science to behind this methof but I'll save it for another day. The tasting notes on these barrels reinforce this practice. They're rich in butterscotch and vanilla.
Still Austin Limited Release Single Barrel #20191218-1 Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey - Selected by Seelbach's