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Birth of a Bourbon in Old City Life

by St. Augustine Distillery

Old City Life magazine recently featured the release of our Florida Double Cask Bourbon on the cover of its October issue. It’s a great in-depth look into the nearly five-year-long journey of distilling the first bourbon to be put into barrel in the State of Florida since Prohibition. Read portions of the article below.

When St. Augustine Distillery co-founders Philip McDaniel and Mike Diaz set out to make the first bourbon to be put into barrel in the State of Florida since Prohibition, they weren’t quite sure what to expect. This was relatively new territory, after all.

Historically, bourbon is made in Kentucky. Large-scale whiskey makers like Jim Beam, Wild Turkey and Maker’s Mark have been refining their recipes and production philosophies for decades – even centuries.

A few years ago, McDaniel and Diaz set out to show the world that Florida could make bourbon of exceptional quality, too. On Friday, September 9th, the community will get the chance to experience the result of that quest. The St. Augustine Distillery will proudly release its Florida Double Cask Bourbon at the distillery’s gift shop on Riberia Street.

With tasting notes for Florida Double Cask Bourbon describing it as “deep and warm with notes of caramel, dark fruit, oak and dark chocolate with a full bodied taste that is deep and complex and a finish that’s warm and pleasantly lingering,” it’s a safe bet that the partners are well on their way to meeting their goal. Along the way, they’ve uncovered a few things about the process, as well.

“We have learned quite a bit about making bourbon in Florida,” says Diaz. “A couple key discoveries for us were that the bourbon color and flavor extracts much more quickly in the Florida heat, particularly the summers. We joke that our bourbon ages in ‘dog years’ in Florida due to the high heat and humidity.”

To read the entire article, click here.