“A work of art which isn’t based on feeling isn’t art at all.” – Paul Cézanne
Like painting, distilling represents an intermingling of calculated craft and wild intuition. This impressive cask-strength whiskey combines the nuance of our beloved “Artist” Rye Whiskey with the robust intensity of a barrel-proof spirit. The result is an all-new “Artist” of distinctive vigor and complexity.
100% Texas Rye
In the tradition of our popular Cask Strength Bourbon, for this exceptional rye spirit we’ve tapped Master Blender Nancy “The Nose” Fraley to select the most exceptional barrels of our Straight Rye Whiskey, known as “The Artist,” which we then blended and bottled at the same proof at which the spirit was aged.
No one said making whiskey was easy. But we decided to make it about as difficult as possible, because dammit, we like a challenge.Buy Now
That means we went all the way to Scotland and asked the world's best stillmaker to build us a 42-foot column still. It means we promised never to use any grains grown outside the state of Texas, no matter how rare or obscure those grains might be.Buy Now
And it means we embrace an inclusive and imaginative worldview: Whiskey for the artists, the outsiders, and the ne'er-do-wells. Long live bourbon.Buy Now
The Artist Behind the Label
Taking more cues from the Cask Strength Bourbon, we turned once again to the label artist Marc Burckhardt to help craft a nighttime scene featuring “The Artist”, with a starry night sky that reflects the deeper, more intense tone of the spirit inside.Buy Now
Shake all ingredients in a tin with ice, strain into a coupe. Orange peel garnishBuy Now
Shake all ingredients in a tin with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice. Lemon peel/cherry garnishBuy Now
In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cube, bitters, and water. Add rye and stir with ice. Rinse a chilled glass with absinthe and dump. Pour contents of mixing glass into the chilled glass; express a lemon peel over cocktail and rim the glass; discard lemon peel.Buy Now
Add rye, lemon, simple syrup in a tin with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Gently and slowly, pour wine over the back of a spoon held just above the cocktail’s surface, letting the wine float at top of glass. Zest lemon peel over the cocktail, and run around the rim of the glass, drop into the cocktail for garnish.Buy Now