Excerpt: It’s over-and-above what I would ever expect from a distillery for their very first bourbon release, and I’m excited to see what they do next. Hands down, Still Austin Whiskey Co. is a distillery to put on your radar.
Excerpt: The taste is sweet at first with chocolate-covered cherries followed by a burst of black pepper and mesquite spices while honey, caramel, and vanilla provide complexity in the background. The finish has soft spices and a lingering touch of those same chocolate-covered cherries. Nice!
Excerpt: Don’t let its age fool you. While it is light and not very oak-driven, yet, this is not your run-of-the-mill craft abomination. This is a quality bourbon that’s only going to get better with time… and I look forward to it.
Excerpt: Honestly, this whiskey impressed. Still Austin Whiskey's meticulous approach to production has started to pay off with this batch. A rounded mouthfeel, colorful nose and palate shows the professional approach undoubtedly given to blending and then bottling this expression.
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Distilled by Still Austin, this 2+ year bourbon comes to us as the hard work product of another Texas operation. At this point in the craft whiskey game, Texan distilled spirit invites a lot of scrutiny due to the complexities that come with climate management in that part of the United States, so these are always interesting. Let's dive in.
Barrel char, burnt wood, molasses, brown sugar and some bright pepper. No sign of youth here, which is impressed, and unexpected.
Sweet cream, a bit of vanilla, some toffee and caramel. Charred wood, pepper and a rich mouth feel bring this along nicely. It's more complex than perhaps any 2-ish year old whiskey I've encountered, which makes me wonder if some more mature distillate is in there as well for a strong initial showing. Either way, it's pretty rich overall.
Medium finish. A bit of cereal, hint of must, wafer cookie, pepper and oak. Faint honey note. Satisfying.
Overall, this is darn impressive. The finish will no doubt improve a bit with further maturation, but this is another craft operation that's doing things right. Still Austin's The Musician is a good entry into the annals of whiskey and demonstrates a richness that's plain unexpected on a whiskey with these stats.
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