In “The Naturalist,” Still Austin has created a beautiful product that invokes the Garden of Eden with its artistic label and inviting citrus and lush herbal aromas. Tarragon and floral notes moderate the juniper tones, which are uplifted by bright citrus and deepened by a mix of spices (allspice, cinnamon, and rye) softened by a creamy finish. This is a well-made and versatile gin that balances many layers of botanicals and works in a variety of cocktails, both shaken and stirred. The Naturalist shines in martini variations where the delicate layers of flavor unravel in sequence. Austin and Texas should be proud of this home-grown and handmade gin (crafted from a base of 70% rye and 30% white corn), which should be a fixture over the next decade of local music festivals.
Try with: Martini variations with blanc or dry vermouth and orange bitters.
G&T / Highball variations: 4/5
Martini variations*: 4/5
Shaken cocktails**: 3.5/5
Negroni variations: 4/5
*Martini Variations (e.g., Dry Martini, Perfect Martini, Hanky Panky, etc.)
**Shaken cocktails (e.g., Gin Sours and other citrus variations)