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WILDLIFE COLLECTION SERIES

The Wildlife Collection is our limited-edition series of cask strength, single barrel whiskies that attempt to answer the question, “How does weather affect aging whiskey?” – namely the exceptionally high heat, ice storms, wild temperature swings, drought and low humidity levels that hit Texas Hill Country within the last year. The Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection pays homage to the local Texas wildlife that somehow thrive in these extremes.

WE'RE PROUD TO SAY THAT OUR WILDLIFE COLLECTION BENEFITS THE TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

Conservation is Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s heartbeat, and they invest in projects that literally breathe new life into Texas. Since 1991, it has raised and invested over $240 million to advance Texas’ proud outdoor traditions and conserve our state’s wildlife, habitat and natural resources. Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s vision is for all Texans to have access to the wild things and wild places in our state, both now and for generations to come.

Learn more about their work at www.tpwf.org.

INTRODUCING OUR 2024 WILDLIFE COLLECTION

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Announcing the second release of the 2024 Wildlife Collection: Mockingbird Single Barrel Bourbon, a limited-edition, cask-strength spirit. The trailblazing Wildlife series explores how extreme weather in the Texas Hill Country influences flavor development of aging bourbon and brings awareness to Texas Parks and Wildlife causes. Mockingbird Single Barrel Bourbon is part of this year’s collector theme which highlights the beautiful and intriguing birds of Texas. It will be available exclusively on the Milam & Greene Whiskey website and in the distillery tasting room beginning at 3:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The Wildlife Single Barrel Bourbon Collection continuously sells out online.
Milam & Greene Mockingbird Single Barrel Bourbon is named for the state bird of Texas which is medium sized with a big personality. Northern Mockingbirds, found throughout Texas year-round, are slender and gray with a long tail and a bold white stripe on each wing. Its signature trait is its ability to mimic the songs of other birds as well as environmental sounds. Mockingbirds use mimicry as a means of communication to attract mates, establish territory, and ward off potential threats. Mockingbirds are also known for their adaptability to diverse urban and rural habitats and resilience to harsh environmental conditions, like the barrels aging in Milam & Greene rickhouses experience in Texas.
“Each release of our Wildlife Collection starts with the selection of excellent, young whiskey barrels, then applying my understanding of how the aging process will affect the final taste,” says Heather Greene, Milam & Greene Whiskey CEO and 2023 Master Blender of the Year. “By carefully studying the impact of the climate on aging whiskey, we better understand how the sense of place will be reflected in each of our barrels. We are looking for differentiating factors that are harnessed by climate, barrel fill, and age that happen when whiskey is matured in various locations. We’ve compared whiskey that has aged its whole life in other states with whiskey completely aged in Texas. Whiskey aged 100 percent in Texas usually tends to be richer and darker. It's very robust, very spicy, and you can sink your teeth into it. By aging a barrel mostly in another state and then finishing its aging in Texas we’re getting richer, more intense flavor profiles at an earlier phase of its life. That’s what we want in the Wildlife Collection.”
The Wildlife Collection: Mockingbird Single Barrel Bourbon
Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection Mockingbird Single Barrel Bourbon is pulled from cask #519, yielding only 173 bottles of this limited, 128.21 proof cask-strength release. Mockingbird Single Barrel Bourbon was distilled in Tennessee with a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley. It was barreled in Tennessee on March 8, 2016, where it was aged six years and seven months. It was then brought to Texas and aged a further year and four months in extreme drought and a once-in-a-generation ice storm on the north side of the Milam & Greene Rickhouse #2.  Mockingbird Single Barrel Bourbon was bottled on February 6, 2024, at 128.21 proof or 64.1% alcohol by volume after aging for a total of seven years and eleven months.

SINGLE BARREL - CASK 515 | 64.1% ABV | 128.2 PROOF | 750ML $149.99*

TASTING NOTES

Color: Burnt amber
Nose: It has deep aromas of glazed donuts, brown sugar, dark berries, tobacco, and old leather.
Palate: The palate has a full oily mouthfeel, and deep flavors of cherry cola, toffee, sweet cornbread, and tannic oak. This whiskey has a long, dry finish that lingers with hints of caramel candy and cola.

2023 WILDLIFE COLLECTION SOLD OUT RELEASES

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White-Tailed Buck

CASK: #518
RELEASED: 12/13/23
BOTTLES: 259
PROOF: 131.2

FREE-TAILED BAT

CASK: #618
RELEASED: 10/11/23
BOTTLES: 130
PROOF: 126.8

RATTLESNAKE

CASK: #704
RELEASED: 9/8/23
BOTTLES: 168
PROOF: 127.6

Bobcat

CASK: #207
RELEASED:4/26/23
BOTTLES: 168
PROOF: 119.48

SCORPION

CASK: #204
RELEASED: 2/22/23
BOTTLES: 168
PROOF: 127.6

PREVIOUS RELEASES:

2024 WILDLIFE COLLECTION - GOLDEN EAGLE

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Announcing our first release of the 2024 Wildlife Collection, the Golden Eagle Single Barrel Bourbon, a limited-edition, cask-strength sipper. The Golden Eagle Single Barrel launches this year’s collector theme: the beautiful and intriguing birds of Texas. This single-barrel bourbon is named for the iconic bird after its golden color and full body nature. The Golden Eagle, staggeringly strong and fast with the ability to air dive at speeds of up to 150-200 mph when chasing prey, is mainly found in West Texas. It is the largest type of eagle in North America and is typically spotted in the more mountainous parts of the state. Golden Eagles are the heaviest avian predator in Texas, and the perfect embodiment of this golden and heavy bodied whiskey. It drops exclusively online and in the distillery tasting room beginning at 3:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Like the 2023 series, this barrel is expected to sell-out quickly.

The sell-out Wildlife Collection reveals how drastic weather in the Texas Hill Country influences flavor development inside the cask. The trailblazing series both brings awareness to the increasingly intense Texas climate and donates proceeds to Texas Parks and Wildlife causes.

SINGLE BARREL - CASK 515 | 64.1% ABV | 128.2 PROOF | 750ML $149.99*

TASTING NOTES

Color: Auburn
Nose: It has deep aromas of maple candy, cherry cordial, brown sugar, damp earth, oak, and shortbread cookies.
Palate: The palate carries through with notes of dark cherry, cornbread muffin, cola, light oak, “Mary Jane” peanut butter taffy, and a nice, oily viscosity that thoroughly coats the palate. It has a long viscous finish with hints of menthol, gingerbread, and candy corn.
This is one of the highest-proof bourbons bottled by Milam & Greene Whiskey and the distilling team recommends adding a measure of water to open the flavors.

White-Tailed Buck

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The fIfth and final release in the 2023 Wildlife Collection, White-Tailed Buck Single Barrel Bourbon, is a limited-edition, cask-strength bourbon. Each release in the Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection highlights how the weather in the Texas Hill Country impacts the aging process of their whiskey and honors the local Texas wildlife that thrives in this challenging environment. White-Tailed Buck Single Barrel Bourbon will be available exclusively on the Milam & Greene Whiskey website and in the distillery tasting room beginning at 3:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.

Milam & Greene White-Tailed Buck Single Barrel Bourbon is pulled from cask #518, with only 259 bottles available of this extremely limited, 131.2 Proof cask-strength release. This single-barrel bourbon is named for an iconic symbol of the region, the White-Tailed Buck, known for its strength, grace, and the untamed beauty of the Texas wilderness.

White-Tailed Buck Single Barrel Bourbon was distilled in Tennessee with a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley. It was barreled in Tennessee on March 8, 2016, where it was aged for six years and eight months. It was then brought to Texas on November 10, 2022, to further age for one year and sixteen days palletized on end, where it rested undisturbed, unrotated, and without climate control on the northside of the Milam & Greene Rickhouse 2 in Blanco, Texas. It was bottled in Texas on November 27, 2023, at 131.2 proof. White-Tailed Buck Single Barrel Bourbon was aged a total of seven years, eight months, and 16 days.

The seven years-eight months-16 days-old Milam & Greene White-Tailed Buck Single Barrel Bourbon is the final release of the 2023 Wildlife Collection and will be available for $149.99 only on the Milam & Greene website and in the distillery tasting room. This single barrel yielded just 259 bottles at cask strength of 131.2 Proof. As a very limited release, once this is gone, it’s gone. This edition, which is part of an incredibly fast-selling series to date, is sure to sell out in minutes as each single barrel bourbon before it in the Wildlife Collection has done. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle of the Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection will benefit Texas Parks & Wildlife.

TASTING NOTES

Color: Auburn
Nose: It has deep aromas of maple candy, cherry cordial, brown sugar, damp earth, oak, and shortbread cookies.
Palate: The palate carries through with notes of dark cherry, cornbread muffin, cola, light oak, “Mary Jane” peanut butter taffy, and a nice, oily viscosity that thoroughly coats the palate. It has a long viscous finish with hints of menthol, gingerbread, and candy corn.
This is one of the highest-proof bourbons bottled by Milam & Greene Whiskey and the distilling team recommends adding a measure of water to open the flavors.

FREETAILED-BAT

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The fourth release in the 2023 Wildlife Collection, Free-Tailed Bat Single Barrel Bourbon, a limited-edition, cask-strength, single-barrel bourbon will be available exclusively on the Milam & Greene Whiskey website and in the distillery tasting room beginning at 3:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, October 11. Each release in Milam & Greene’s Wildlife Collection highlights how the weather in the Texas Hill Country impacts the aging process of their whiskey and honors the local Texas wildlife that thrives in this challenging environment.

Milam & Greene Whiskey distillery manager, Rikk Munroe, is accustomed to seeing the fast-swooping bats first-hand around the distillery and in the Texas Hill Country. “Free-Tailed Bat Single Barrel Bourbon is named for the Mexican Free-Tailed bats that take up residence in the rickhouses occasionally. They roost in the upper dark corners during the daytime and head out around dusk to feed on insects before returning by morning to sleep for the day. As fall approaches, bats begin migrating to warmer climates for hibernation. Perfect timing for us to release this cask as the bats take flight.”

Milam & Greene Free-Tailed Bat Single Barrel Bourbon is pulled from cask #618, and only 130 bottles are available of this extremely limited, 126.8 Proof cask-strength release. It was distilled in Tennessee with a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley. It was barreled in Tennessee on March 7, 2016, and was bottled in Texas on September 25, 2023, at 126.8 proof. Free-Tailed Bat Single Barrel Bourbon was aged a total of seven years, six months, and 18 days with almost five and a half years of aging in Tennessee the final two years and four months on the northside of our Rickhouse 1 in Blanco, Texas, in row 1 where it rested undisturbed, unrotated, and without climate control.

TASTING NOTES

Color: Tawny bronze.
Nose:It has deep aromas of caramel candy, stone fruit cobbler, and baking spice.
Palate: The palate carries through with mild nuttiness, oak notes, allspice, and candy corn enveloped in a smooth, creamy, and round mouthfeel. It has a medium oily finish punctuated by black peppercorn before slowly easing into soft mint candy.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle of the Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection will go to benefit Texas Parks & Wildlife.  

THE WILDLIFE COLLECTION
SINGLE BARREL SERIES

Introducing The Wildlife Collection, a new limited-edition series of cask strength, single barrel whiskies that attempt to answer the question, “How does weather affect aging whiskey?” – namely the exceptionally high heat, ice storms, wild temperature swings, drought and low humidity levels that hit Texas Hill Country within the last year. The Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection pays homage to the local Texas wildlife that somehow thrive in these extremes. The first release of this collection was The Scorpion Single Barrel, which sold out in less than 15 minutes. The second release was The Bobcat Single Barrel which sold out in less than 3 minutes. More limited releases coming soon!

“We are continuously experimenting to determine how Texas weather affects aging whiskey – whether it was distilled in Texas or elsewhere – and the results are quite extraordinary so far,” says Milam & Greene Whiskey CEO and master blender Heather Greene. “We’ve noticed that the wild swings in high and low temperatures matched with low humidity here are a real ingredient in our whiskies. The Wildlife Collection, therefore, will deliver a traditional base flavor of a Kentucky or Tennessee whiskey but is tweaked and refined using the natural elements like wind, sun, and humidity of the Texas Hill Country to affect the aging in a barrel and to make something truly special.”

RATTLESNAKE

Milam and Greene Wildlife Series Rattlesnake Bottle on Barrel

The third release in the Wildlife Collection, Rattlesnake Single Barrel Bourbon, a limited-edition, cask-strength, single-barrel whisky is now available exclusively on our website and in the distillery tasting room. Each single-barrel release in the Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection highlights the impact of Texas Hill Country weather on aging whiskey and honors the local Texas wildlife that thrives in this beautiful, but often challenging environment.

“This whiskey is a cherry bomb all the way through. It has a great mouthfeel and hangs in the glass beautifully. This whiskey came out of the barrel at 127.64 proof, so it bites like a diamondback!” ⸺ Rikk Munroe, distillery manager

Only 168 bottles are available from this high-proof release, which was pulled from cask #704. It’s named for the most common venomous snake in Texas, the rattlesnake. There are 10 different types of rattlesnakes living in Texas, and the most common rattlesnake in Blanco and the surrounding Hill Country is the Western diamondback rattlesnake. Rattlesnakes prefer warm weather, and they are active in the spring and summer in central Texas. Milam & Greene whiskies age well in warm weather, and cask #704 is being called into action this summer.

Rattlesnake Single Barrel Bourbon was distilled in Tennessee with a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley. It was barreled on March 8, 2016, and was bottled on July 5, 2023, at 127.64 proof, giving it plenty of bite. The seven-year-three-month-24-day-old Milam & Greene Rattlesnake Single Barrel is our oldest Wildlife Collection release to date. It was aged in a char #3 new American oak barrel with five years and five months in Tennessee, and an additional one year and 10 months in Blanco, Texas on the northside of our rickhouse 1, row 1, level 1, position 1 where it rested undisturbed, unrotated, and without climate control. During its time spent in Texas, this special cask whiskey endured two hard freezes, almost two full summers with daily triple-digit temperatures, and

TASTING NOTES

Color: Deep mahogany.
Nose: Its age is apparent on the nose with dusty oak scents at the front followed by cherry cobbler, pecan praline, and spearmint.
Palate: The mouthfeel is full, oily, and rich with flavors layered with dark fruit, bit-o-honey candy, and anise. It has a lush finish with cherry cordial, coffee cake, and honey-roasted nut flavors, along with a touch of menthol.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle of the Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection will go to benefit Texas Parks & Wildlife.  

BOBCAT

The Wildlife Collection Bobcat t Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey - Barrels

Our Bobcat Single Barrel Bourbon, the second release in the Wildlife Collection, a limited-edition series of cask-strength, single-barrel whiskies, is now available exclusively on our website and in the distillery tasting room. The Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection showcases the effects of Texas Hill Country weather on aging whiskey and honors the local Texas wildlife that thrives in this beautiful, but often challenging environment.

This extremely limited high-proof release is pulled from a single barrel: cask #207. It is named for the solitary, rarely seen bobcat of which Texas has two subspecies: the desert bobcat in the west and northwest, and the Texas bobcat, which ranges across the rest of the state. Much like the solo bobcat that left her tracks behind the Milam & Greene distillery in the winter of 2022, cask #207 is the last from its lot, aging in some of the most intense Hill Country weather conditions on record.

Bobcat Single Barrel Bourbon was distilled in Tennessee with a mash bill of 80% corn, 10% rye, and 10% malted barley. It was barreled on March 15, 2018, and was bottled on March 31, 2023, at 119.48 proof, giving it depth and richness. Bobcat Single Barrel was aged more than four years in new American oak barrels with a #4 alligator char in Tennessee and then for 10.5 months in Blanco, Texas on the northside of the Milam & Greene Rickhouse 1, row 4, level 3, position 5 where it rested undisturbed, unrotated and without climate control. During its time spent in Texas, the whiskey weathered almost two months of triple-digit temperatures, an extended drought, and a multi-day ice storm that caused widespread power outages, significant tree damage, and effectively shut-down commerce in the state.

TASTING NOTES

Color: Russet muscat brown.
Nose: Bobcat is a complex bourbon with a rose petal scent is layered with old leather and maple syrup.
Palate: The palate starts with demerara sugar chased by fresh-baked biscuit and oak notes, followed by a long finish with allspice and cinnamon.

SCORPION

Milam & Greene Scorpion Single Barrel Bourbon In Front of Barrel

The first release of the Milam & Greene Wildlife Collection is the Scorpion Single Barrel, which was released on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

The Scorpion Single Barrel is bottled at 123.3 proof, making this bourbon one of the strongest and richest barrels ever seen at Milam & Greene. The Scorpion spent 50 months in Tennessee, followed by eight months on the northside of the Milam & Greene rickhouse in Texas where it sat quietly, without rotation or climate control. Like its namesake, the scorpion, this whiskey thrived in the blazing Texas heat, where there were over 50 consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures and tremendous drought combined with high barometric pressure last summer. This left a darker, richer, more robust, and perhaps even more mysterious spirit than barrels from the same lot that stayed in Tennessee. Some might even call it an “Extreme Weather Whiskey.”

The result is an intense, brooding bourbon with a deep copper color. It has rich scents of maple glazed donut, a viscous texture with bold herbs, black pepper, candied orange peel, and tobacco flavors with a dry finish punctuated by fresh cut lumber notes.

“Scorpion is truly a ‘Texas finished, Tennessee Whiskey’ that belies its age,” continued Greene. “We will release more Single Barrel Wildlife Collection whiskies this year, and I expect each one to be quite different even though their lineages are all similar. I find the minutia of what happens in a cask to be some of the most fascinating and misunderstood aspects of what makes a whiskey beautiful.”

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TASTING NOTES

Color: Dark, brooding amber.
Nose: Kitchen spice, maple, caramel and vanilla. Tread lightly!
Palate: Robust and hot with bold herbs, black pepper, candied orange peel, and tobacco flavors with hints of sweetness.
Finish: Long and lingering like a Texas Hill Country heatwave.

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