Milam & Greene is proud to introduce its Wildlife Collection - a series of cask-strength, single-barrel whiskies that seek to answer a question that whiskey lovers everywhere have been pondering: "How does weather affect the aging process of whiskey?" In honor of Texas wildlife, the first release of this limited-edition collection is the Scorpion Single Barrel, which will be available on Milam & Greene's website starting on Wednesday, February 22 at 3:00 pm (CST), with a limited number of bottles also available at the distillery.
It's worth noting that there are only 204 bottles available for this release, as only one barrel was used, with the rest of the liquid evaporating during the aging process. So, if you're a whiskey connoisseur or a collector, you'll want to act fast to secure your bottle of this exceptional whiskey.
The whiskey used in the Wildlife Collection was distilled in either Kentucky or Tennessee, with a mash bill consisting of 80% corn, 10% rye, and 10% malted barley. After aging in new American oak barrels for just over four years in their respective home states, the whiskey was then transported to The Milam & Greene Distillery in Blanco, Texas, for additional aging in the Hill Country, where the volatile Texas weather experienced in the past year had a significant effect on the aging process.
The entire aging process was overseen by Milam & Greene's master blender, Heather Greene, who ensured that each barrel of whiskey was given the utmost care and attention to bring out the unique flavors and aromas of the Texas wilderness. So, if you're a whiskey enthusiast looking for a truly exceptional and rare dram, don't miss your chance to experience the Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection.
The Wildlife Collection: Scorpion Single Barrel Bourbon
The Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection's first release is the Scorpion Single Barrel, a powerful bourbon bottled at 123.3 proof. It spent 50 months aging in Tennessee before being sent to the northside of the Milam & Greene rickhouse in Texas. There, it aged quietly for eight months without rotation or climate control. The scorching Texas heat and drought, along with low barometric pressure, contributed to the Scorpion's darker, richer, more robust flavor, making it an "Extreme Weather Whiskey." Something we're used to seeing in whiskey aged in the Lone Star State.
"an intense, brooding bourbon with a deep copper color. It has rich scents of maple glazed donuts, a viscous texture with bold herbs, black pepper, candied orange peel, and tobacco flavors with a dry finish punctuated by fresh-cut lumber notes" - Fred Minnick
The Wildlife Collection Scorpion Single Barrel will be available for $99.99 on the Milam & Greene website – only 168 bottles will be available online – and at the distillery tasting room on Wednesday, Feb. 22, starting at 3 pm (CST). Remember, only 204 bottles are part of this release. Once it's sold out, it's gone. A portion of the proceeds from each bottle of the Wildlife Collection will benefit Texas Parks & Wildlife.
Why should I buy Milam & Greene's Scorpion Single Barrel Bourbon?
Let's start a list, shall we?
- Milam & Greene puts out award-winning whiskeys all the time. No question this will meet or exceed their usual quality.
- $99 for a single barrel, barrel strength Bourbon is a reasonable price.
- Limited Edition bottles are fun to collect.
- Part of the proceeds will benefit Texas Parks and Wildlife.
- Every Bourbon enthusiast should try some good ol' Texas Bourbon that's been through agressive weather – no two years are the same.
About Milam & Greene
Milam & Greene is an award-winning, independent American whiskey company based in Blanco, Texas. Founded by Marsha Milam, whiskey expert and Master Blender Heather Greene, and Kentucky veteran Master Distiller Marlene Holmes. They produce whiskey using a 300 gallon copper pot still at their location in Texas, and using larger column stills in Bardstown, Kentucky. In addition to being founded by women, most of Milam & Greene's roles in sales & operations are held by women – making up around 67% of their workforce†.
† Marlene Holmes. Meet The Makers: Milam And Greene Master Distiller Marlene Holmes. Bourbon Women (online).