Whiskey Review: Still Austin Straight Bourbon Whiskey

When I reviewed Still Austin’s original bourbon, my final statement was that I was looking forward to seeing what a little more time in the barrel can do to mature the flavors. Thankfully, I didn’t need to wait long to find out — Still Austin has just released their “straight” bourbon whiskey.

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Whiskey Review: Bulleit Rye Whiskey

Bulleit Bourbon is what we refer to as our “reference spirit” here on Thirty One Whiskey — it’s a solid, middle of the road, 3-out-of 5 stars bourbon. It’s well-priced and consistent in quality, so we can use it as a marker to compare against other spirits (be they better or worse than Bulleit). But Bulleit doesn’t just make corn based spirits — in fact, their 95 Rye version has 0% corn. So naturally, we needed to see how it stacks up against it’s reference spirit peer.

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Whiskey Review: Rebel Yell Ginger

If you’ve ever thought to yourself “this is a good bourbon, but what it really needs is a huge helping of ginger”, then you probably love a good Kentucky mule. And you also might be the exact audience for Rebel Yell Ginger, too. Personally, I love a good cocktail with ginger beer, but even I found myself wondering whether that ginger is worth adding to the whiskey itself.

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Whisky Review: Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky

We’re wrapping up our exploration of mid-century whiskey with a fitting end: Cutty Sark Blended Scotch. With a storied past (created by one of the most renowned wine and spirits merchants and named for one of the most famous merchant ships in history), Cutty Sark boasts a certain pedigree many blended scotches don’t. But is it all brand and no substance? We’re diving into a bottle to find out.

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Whisky Review: Ballantine’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky

We’re continuing our journey into the popular whisky of the mid-20th century, and along the way we’ve found that some brands have tried to modernize their branding and image, appealing to the latest generation of drinkers. Ballantine’s doesn’t play that game, keeping with its distinctive mid-century look and feel despite the changing times around it. And in spite of that (or perhaps because of it?) they seem to be doing just fine.

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