Austin’s Nine Banded Whiskey Launches Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon
The powerful new expression is cut with a dash of limestone-filtered water from the Texas Hill Country
By David Clough
Austin-based spirits company Nine Banded Whiskey is bringing a high-proof Wheated Bourbon to town. The 115-proof (57.5 percent ABV) spirit recently took home a Double Gold medal at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Now, the award-winning Bourbon is hitting store shelves around Austin, and will continue shipping out to retailers in the Lone Star State this month.
“Knowing cask strength bourbon is a sought-after choice among whiskey fans, we set out to release an expression of our Wheated Bourbon that brought to life the unique flavors of the liquid straight from the cask,” says Elena Garcia Slaton, Vice President of Marketing at Nine Banded Whiskey.
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The Bourbon’s mash bill is composed of 51 percent corn, 45 percent wheat and 4 percent malted barley. As a cask strength whiskey, the bourbon was bottled at the same proof at which it was aged—meaning it hasn’t been substantially diluted with water.
“Nine Banded’s Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon uses just a dash of our soft Texas water to control the proof and open up the rich aromas,” Slaton explained.
Nine banded says its Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon offers aromas of honey, melon, dark cherry and toasted walnut. On the palate, it delivers notes of graham cracker, brown sugar, roasted pear and pecan. The Bourbon is priced $49.99 per 750ml bottle.
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Bottled in Austin, Texas, Nine Banded Whiskey’s Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon is sourced from MGP of Indiana, a distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, that produces a large amount of spirits for private label sale.
Nine Banded Whiskey was founded in 2016. The brand’s name pays tribute to the nine-banded armadillo, one of the state animals of Texas.