- Distiller: Still Austin Whiskey Co.
- Spirit: Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- Aged: 2+ Years
- Proof: 98.4
- Purchase Price: $44.99
- Still Austin Website
About The Distillery: “Creating whiskey is as much ingenuity as it is exactitude. That’s why we insisted on building our distillery inside the city limits of Austin—a metropolis famed for blending art and science. But how, we asked, do we build a community around whiskey? We began working with Texas farmers, helping them turn crops; we gave back feed to cows; we built our distillery to conserve energy. We did this because it’s the right thing to do.”
When we received our review bottle from our friend Aaron, we were admittedly a little lost. The 2+ year age statement from a distillery we’d never heard of didn’t inspire the greatest level of confidence. However, we popped the cork, poured a dram, and dove in. We are pleased to report our suspicions as unfounded.
Still Austin is a new kid on the block. They were founded in 2017 with a vision of a true, locally sourced, grain-to-glass whiskey. The Musician is the culmination of that vision, one that is as rich in a glass as it was in their dreams.
Notes & Score
Nose: Sweet cream corn, sherry, honeysuckle, vanilla cream, ethanol.
Palate: Creamy caramel, sea salt, charred vanilla sugar, corn whiskey, ethanol.
Finish: Sherry, honey, young corn whiskey.
Value: At $45 a bottle, it’s just interesting and flavorful enough as a standout amongst younger bourbons to command the price.
Conclusion: We feel like younger bourbons under 4 years have to be judged in their own category. There’s something to be said about finding a good pour of a young bourbon that has straightforward flavors and hasn’t yet developed a more complex profile. If you’re a fan of younger bourbons, this is one of the better ones we’ve had and we’re very excited to see what these barrels develop into later down the road when they come into their own. But, for now, definitely still a solid pour worth your time.