Still Austin’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey is What Happens When You Combine Art & Science
After years of hard work and dreaming, Still Austin has finally released their bourbon and it is creating quite a buzz. They have been perfecting their flagship spirit for years and whiskey aficionados are giving it high marks.
I have had the opportunity to taste this new bourbon and found it to be very smooth and pleasing to the palate. Since this whiskey has only aged for 2+ years, I was surprised at how delightful it was. Still Austin has already come a long way in perfecting their spirits and I believe we are in for more surprises from this Austin distillery. I feel much of their success is their “grain to glass” focus using 100% Texas-grown corn, rye and malted barley thereby keeping their bourbon an expression of true Texas terroir. That and their maturing the spirit through their process of slow-water reduction which uses the Texas climate to extract flavors from the charred oak barrels allowing the sweeter caramel and vanilla notes to shine through and giving bourbon lovers reason to take notice.
On the nose I found pleasant orange citrus and straw notes with some brown sugar, all of which were intriguing. I was instantly drawn in for a taste.
On the palate, there were hints of peach, mango, caramel and toasted almonds. This is a young bourbon with some maturity and interest, but not bad at all for the first bottle. This bourbon would be welcome in both a cocktail or drinking straight.
Still Austin commissioned renowned artist Marc Burckhardt to create the label “The Musician” for their first bourbon. They chose “The Musician” as their first in a series because music has the ability to bring us all closer together, to make us feel more free and alive, just like their whiskey. And Austin being a “hot music spot” didn’t hurt either.
Three Ways to Experience Still Austin
Visit Still Austin at the distillery where you can meet the farmers and distillers. There you can touch the grains to see how clean they are. It’s all there, in the open for you to see. There are no secrets because they are proud of what they do.
Come share a drink with them. Their bartenders represent the local community, so come enjoy a drink in the relaxing tasting room or on the patio and taste their delicious cocktails.
You can also go by and take a tour and see a true “grain-to-glass” distillery in action. They do it all in-house; milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, barreling and bottling. Touch the grain, taste the mash, try a glass. You can taste truth in every dram of Still Austin Whiskey.
Go here to see where you can buy Still Austin spirits.
Peach Daley – Mandy Cline, Kitty Cohen’s
1.5 oz Still Austin Straight Bourbon
2 oz Lemonade (recommend Me and the Bees)
2 oz Green Tea
Method: Muddle mint and peaches in a glass. Add ice, bourbon, and tea. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review, but not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.
About Still Austin
Creating whiskey is as much ingenuity as it is exactitude. That is why Still Austin insisted on building their distillery inside the city limits of Austin – a metropolis famed for blending art and science. But how, they asked, do they build a community around whiskey? They began working with Texas farmers, helping them turn crops; they gave back feed to cows; they built their distillery to conserve energy. They did this because it’s the right thing to do.
440 East St. Elmo Road, Ste. F
Austin, TX 78745
TASTING ROOM HOURS
- Tue-Sun: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
DISTILLERY TOUR TIMES
Mon: By Appt. Only
Fri: 5pm, 7 pm
Sat: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm
Sun: 1pm, 3 pm, 5 pm