The Schtick: 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.
Disclosure: Still Austin asked me to review this, and sent some along.
Distiller: Still Austin
Bottler: Still Austin
Brand: Still Austin
ABV: 49.2% ABV
Nose: Barrel char, burnt wood, molasses, brown sugar and some bright pepper. No sign of youth here, which is impressed, and unexpected.
Taste: 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.
Finish: Medium finish. A bit of cereal, hint of must, wafer cookie, pepper and oak. Faint honey note. Satisfying.
Overall: 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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