The Artist Straight rye whiskey - Still Austin Whiskey Co.

“The Artist”

Straight Rye Whiskey

Art comes in many different forms—from the simplest line drawing to the most complex symphony—but all good art has something in common: It begins with inspiration.

The Artist is galvanized by a visit from the Muse and can’t help but take up the chisel, the pen, the camera, the paintbrush.

This is a whiskey for the dreamers, the visionaries, and the Artists who inspire us all. It’s the ultimate marriage of the art and the muse.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose Honey, Cherries, Fig, Cloves, Coffee
  • Palate Chocolate, Apricot, Sandalwood, Ginger, Caramel
  • Finish Rye spice, nutmeg, clove Cinnamon, Molasses, Orange zest, Nutmeg
  • ABV / Proof 49.8% / 99.6

Mash bill

  • 100% Rye

  • 100% Texas

The spirit’s blushing, oaky hue foretells a complex nose, with hints of honey, cherries, fig, clove and coffee.

No one said making whiskey was easy. But we decided to make it about as difficult as possible, because dammit, we like a challenge.

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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.

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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.

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Marc Burckhardt

The Artist Behind the Label

To create a darker mood for this more robust version of our flagship whiskey, we turned once again to the label artist for the Straight Bourbon. World-renowned artist (and Austinite) Marc Burckhardt helped us craft a nighttime scene featuring our beloved Musician, with a starry night sky that reflects the mysterious nature of the spirit inside the bottle.

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Figgy Smalls

  • 2oz Still Austin Straight Rye
  • 1 tablespoon Fig Jam
  • .5oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Plum Bitters

Shake all ingredients in a tin with ice, strain into a coupe. Orange peel garnish

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Catcher in the Rye

  • 2oz Still Austin Straight Rye
  • .5oz lemon
  • .5oz OJ
  • .5oz Luxardo cherry juice

Shake all ingredients in a tin with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice. Lemon peel/cherry garnish

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  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3-4 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • A few drops of water
  • 2oz Still Austin Straight Rye
  • Absinthe wash

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.

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New York Sour

  • 2oz Still Austin Straight Rye
  • 1oz lemon juice
  • .5oz simple syrup
  • 1oz red wine, preferably Pinot Noir

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.

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