Frank Augst has been making waves in the bourbon community since the brand first launched this past summer, winning countless awards in the meantime. Not to mention, the bottle’s eye-catching minimalist design intrigues the drinker long before he ever takes his first sip.
The Kentucky-based distillery hasn’t wasted time on its first-ever lineup expansion, introducing a pair of new bourbons: Single Barrel Cask Strength and Case Study: 01 Mizunara Japanese Oak. Both expressions continue the brand’s label-less aesthetic, drawing attention to the liquid inside instead (there is a small removable sticker on the neck that’s guaranteed not to leave any residue if you choose to peel it off).
The Single Barrel, aged for over 5 years and bottled between 123 and 125 proof, strikes with a warm palate filled with baking spices, cinnamon, and caramel. Meanwhile, the Case Study program will be Frank August’s more innovative line, named after the experimental housing project commissioned for the increased demand following World War II. This introductory expression, dubbed Case Study: 01, features the result of five hand-selected barrels finished in Japanese mizunara oak casks.
Continuing to capture nostalgia for the American zeitgeist of the 20th century through the vessel of bourbon, Frank August’s Single Barrel and Case Study: 01 should retail for around $127 and $160, respectively.