- DISTILLER: Still Austin Whiskey Co.
- MASH BILL: 36% Red Corn | 34% White Corn | 25% Rye | 5% Malted Barley
- AGE: 4 years, bottled-in-bond
- YEAR: 2023
- PROOF: 100
- MSRP: $79.99
- BUY ONLINE: Still Austin site
SHARE WITH: Any whiskey drinker, especially Texas whiskey doubters.
WORTH THE PRICE: Definitely high for a bottled-in-bond bourbon, but if you want something truly unique–something most BIBs don't taste like at that age– buy it. I can't imagine someone regretting that decision.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bottle.
OVERALL: The palate is simple, lovely, sweet and oaky. It’s what bourbon at its simplest should be. No surprises, no disappointments, just goodness that’s so easy to drink that you extend your arm for a refill—before you need a refill.
On the heels of warm caramel corn follows corn casserole and demerara syrup. I’ve had a few whiskeys using Jimmy Red corn, and they’ve always left me thinking, “Who cares? It’s red, and it tastes a bit dirty.” That’s not the case at all here. Clearly, those others weren’t distilled like this. Or perhaps it's the white corn in the mash bill that scrubs off red's edges, a "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" thing.
There’s oak, but no dryness, just depth accented with raisins and pecan pie. For its youth, it’s incredibly well-rounded and has a weighty mouthfeel that coats every nook and cranny of the mouth. Gosh, this is good!
This is the summer release of a four-season bottled-in-bond series for 2023. Between this and the High Rye Bourbon whiskey released for summer, I'm a full-on fan of Still Austin's Texas whiskey.
For this Summer 2023 release–represented by the heat-loving snake and cactus– we combined the robust nuttiness of Jimmy Red corn with the sweet spice of rye. The result is a summertime bourbon offering creamsicle and black tea scents, followed by a palate of peppermint and marzipan.
Nose: Orange zest, creamsicle, black tea, shortbread, brown baking spice, apple crisp
Palate: Peppermint, brown sugar, marzipan, maple syrup, water-buttered biscuit, toasted almonds
Finish: Complex but luscious, dark brown sugar, rum raisin, peppercorn, ripe red grapes, cranberry, dry red wine finish.
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