The Naturalist Is A Easy, Balanced Gin That Is Refreshing
Should you have been to come back over to our home and take a fast look on the bar, you’d discover a lot of the actual property is occupied by bourbon and whiskey. Certain, we even have some vodka, tequila, rum, and some liqueurs however there’s not often any gin. Why is that you simply ask…nicely its actually simply an oversight.
So when the parents at Nonetheless Austin Whiskey Co. despatched us a bottle of their signature American Gin The Naturalist, I knew I wanted assist sampling it. Thankfully a detailed buddy is a gin drinker and an beginner mixologist, she stepped as much as help. I believe she’s upping her sport and dealing on leveling up, based mostly on the Rosemary Gin Mule she made for us.
Full disclosure, the mule was so easy I questioned if she’d forgotten so as to add the star ingredient, “The Naturalist”. Not solely was the cocktail refreshing, however the contemporary rosemary and mint from her garden created the phantasm we have been at a hip bar in Uptown.
Nonetheless Whiskey’s Naturalist is the primary rye gin made within the Lone Star State. The 100% handmade gin is uniquely crafted from a customized base of 70% Brasetto rye and 30% non-GMO white corn supplied by Texas farmers. The spirit is then milled and distilled in-house in small 100-gallon batches in a copper pot nonetheless. It’s right here that the distilled base spirit absorbs the varied gin botanicals, together with natural juniper berries, coriander seeds, cinnamon, citrus peels, elderflowers and allspice berries, whereas passing by means of the distillery’s 42-foot-tall customized column nonetheless.
Approachable Gin With 12 Botanicals
“For The Naturalist, we make a customized, in-house base distilled at a decrease ABV than your conventional grain impartial spirit,” stated John Schrepel, Head Distiller. “The result’s an approachable gin with construction and nuance that highlights 12 botanicals, which enhance the distinctive rye base and create a well-rounded, advanced expertise.”
The tip result’s a superbly balanced gin bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV), which options an preliminary brightness, creamy mouthfeel, comfortable floral and citrus notes, an earthy character, rye spice and a heat end. Within the phrases of Grasp Blender Nancy Fraley, who’s well-known for her peerless skill to detect taste notes, the gin is “exceptionally balanced, superbly blended, and a pleasure to drink.”
An Inventive Spirit With Labels Created By Texas Artists
Along with making nice spirits, Nonetheless Austin pays tribute to the town with their distinctive, creative labels. Nonetheless Austin commissioned internationally acclaimed artist and native Texan Marc Burckhardt to color a collection of portraits of “idealized” Austinites. Now the American Gin, often known as “The Naturalist,” turns into the second within the collection. The girl within the image is content material: surrounded by lush panorama, impressed by majestic magnificence and satiated with the Earth’s uncooked treasures, together with the spirit’s multitude of botanicals hidden among the many verdant environment.
Nonetheless Austin’s gin is now out there for order on-line through the Nonetheless Austin web site: https://stillaustin.com/booze/american-gin/. Texans can discover the Naturalist in each 375ml and 750ml bottles at native liquor shops for a prompt retail value of $16 and $32, respectively.
In August of 2020, the New York Worldwide Spirits Competitors named Nonetheless Austin its “Texas Gin Distillery of the Yr.”
After attempting “The Naturalist” I notice, this rye gin will make an awesome summer season staple in our bar. Now the one dilemma, which bottle of bourbon ought to I drink to make extra room?