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.Read More
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.Read More
NOTE: This review is for the bourbon released in 2019. For the straight bourbon released in 2020 click here for that review.
There’s a certain level of excitement that comes with a distillery’s first aged product. Considering that most small businesses don’t even make it past two years, getting to the point where you have a properly aged bourbon in your catalog is a remarkable achievement and proof that you’ve got a business that works. Still Austin Whiskey Co. recently celebrated this milestone, and being fans of their un-aged stuff, we naturally had to try their first aged product.Read More
To me, Knob Creek is best known for their gun range and semi-annual machine gun shooting extravaganza. The area is also well known for distilleries, but I didn’t know a whole lot about the production of the Knob Creek bourbon that has been on liquor store shelves for a while now. Reasonably priced and attractively bottled, it seems like a good option. But of course I needed to test for myself.Read More
Since day one, Johnnie Walker has been all about the blend. They don’t actually “make” anything, but they do grab a selection of other distiller’s work and slap their own label on it. If sales are any indication, they’re damn good at it as evidenced by the red label version taking the title of best selling scotch in the world. But do sales alone mean that the Red Label is actually the best one? Or is their Black Label better? Let’s find out.Read More
I’m making my way through the Texas whiskies, and one I keep seeing again and again is the Firestone & Robertson TX Blended Whiskey. It’s on just about every shelf, shouting it’s “TX” branding as hard as it can, so I decided to give it a try and see whether the contents can live up to the packaging.Read More
Bourbon is a very American drink, big and bold. Scotch, on the other hand, is a more delicate and delicious spirit with nuances and variations in flavor that could be compared to the terroir of a fine wine.
When I’m feeling like a mellower drink, I turn to my trusty scotch collection. A staple of this collection is Oban — one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, and also one of the most interesting in terms of their location.Read More
I’m working my way through the locally distilled brown spirits here in Austin, Texas. I first spotted this bottle at Easy Tiger in downtown Austin and it was pretty darn good as far as I could remember, but then again that was mixed with a couple other drinks. It seemed delicious at the time but there’s always room for a second opinion. And third. And fourth.
There’s one sure fire way to know my wife’s grandfather has been in the room: an open bottle of Maker’s Mark placed somewhere within arm’s reach of the comfiest chair. Not gunna lie, I kinda want his life. Maker’s Mark has positioned itself as a “premium” whiskey brand meaning that in my formative years I always considered it to be too far outside my price range for consideration, but with that well-traveled man’s endorsement, I decided that it was worth a try.Read More
It used to be that Jack Daniels was the only brown liquor that was guaranteed to be in any and every bar in America. But as the number of people who appreciate a good brown spirit have increased over the last decade, other go-to brands have been making their way onto the shelves. Over the past few years, Bulleit Bourbon has been giving Mr. Daniels a run for it’s shelf space.Read More