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: Still Austin Bourbon Whiskey

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.

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Whiskey Review: Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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.

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Johnnie Walker: Black Versus Red

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.

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Whiskey Review: Oban 14 Year Scotch

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.

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