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Every Still Austin Bourbon “The Musician” Reviewed [2021]

Jun 4, 2021

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Disclaimer: The whiskey reviewed was furnished for free courtesy of the spirit distiller. The distillery did not pay us for this review. This review is our honest and unbiased opinion based soley on how the spirit tasted.

Haven’t heard of Still Austin bourbon? I’ve got you. Three Austin families — the Bohms, Seals, and Braunbergs — opened the Still Austin Whiskey Co. in 2015. And its opening was no small feat. Still Austin was the first urban whiskey distillery in Austin since Prohibition. They also took the road less traveled by distilling their own whiskey with a grass-to-grain philosophy. All the grains are grown by Texas farmers (Tex Malt, Texas grain producers, and Lone Star Farms, non-GMO grain producers), and they pride themselves on hand-making everything from scratch, and managing everything in-house — milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, barreling and bottling. This commitment to excellence in craftsmanship can be tasted in the whiskey.

Their partnership with Forthsyth’s should excite any whiskey geek. According to Still Austin,

Our still was a joint design venture between master distiller Mike Delevante and the engineers at Forsyths in Rothes, Scotland. At 42 feet in height, our beloved Nancy—the “Still” in Still Austin—was the first column still of her kind in Texas. In fact, she remains the only column still in the United States to have been built by the legendary Scottish master stillmakers.

They’ve also crafted a copper pot still that’s named “The Queen.”

They’ve been working hard since 2015 to get the whiskey right. “After six years of hard work and perfecting our technique, we’re ready to launch our new flagship straight bourbon whiskey,” said Chris Seals, CEO. “We started Still Austin Whiskey Co. because we saw an opportunity to create our own kind of distillery where we do everything intentionally. This bourbon is an expression of true Texas terroir, but also the distillation of all we are, and of all that has created us. We’ve managed to bottle the inclusive spirit of our home city; a complex bourbon with substance, flair, and finesse.”

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Still Austin Bourbon “The Musician” Review

Still Austin Straight Bourbon “The Musician”

Still Austin Whiskey Co. Straight Bourbon: “The Musician”
The MusicianDetails
In the Bottle98.4 Proof
Mashbill70% non-GMO white corn, 25% Elbon rye, and 5% Wildfire malted barley
Distilled and AgedAustin, TX in their Hill Country rickhouse
Stylehigh-rye straight bourbon whiskey featuring grains that are 100% grown by Texas farmers
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$45
DistilleryStill Austin Whiskey Co.
440 E St Elmo Rd Unit F
Austin, TX 78745
ProsBright Fruit Flavors
ConsNeeds More Complexity and Age
AvailabilityLimited Distribution
RatingSilver 87 out of 100 Points
InventoryGreat Daily Drinker and Mixer

The craftsmanship didn’t stop with the whiskey or their giant still. The label is uniquely Austin. They commissioned artist and Texas native Marc Burckhardt to paint a series of portraits of “archetypical” Austinites for the labels. The first is called The Musician (see above). Future Austin Archetypes will include the Naturalist, the Writer, the Visionary, and the Artist.

Still Austin Whiskey in the Glass

It’s got a great color for a two-year whiskey. More orange than I’ve seen in other whiskeys. It also has good glass coverage.

Nose – 89 out of 100 Points

The nose is all fresh summer berries and tart cherries with pleasant toasted whole grain bread and vanilla cream cheese. This nose is my jam. I love bright fruit in my whiskies.

Taste – 86 out of 100 Points

The sweet fruit carries through the whole palate even with a balanced Szechuan peppercorn note. I also get a buttered toast with cream cheese and jam. It’s got a creamy mouthfeel. The flavors overall are delicate. I do get just a hint of youth on the back of the palate. But there’s nothing unpleasant on the palate. The flavors are developed and delightful.

Finish – 86 out of 100 Points

The finish is short to medium but the flavors are solid. The creaminess with subtle sweetness comes through. I also get nice oak and toasted baking spice.

Verdict – Silver 87 out of 100 Points

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I’m amazed at the flavors developed by this two-year bourbon. It’s a testament to the care taken selecting the rights grains and the craftsmanship distilling this whiskey. They did it right. I’d happily drink this neat or on the rocks. It’s also undeniably a Texas Whiskey. They aren’t shying away from where this whiskey is coming from.  Some craft whiskeys will try to make untenable connections to Kentucky but Still Austin Whiskey Co. is OK standing on its own two-whiskey-loving feet.

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Also, watch out. I had this sense when I tasted Wilderness Trail’s whiskey for the first time that with a few more years their whiskey would be in the phenomenal range and Still Austin gives me that same vibe. I hope they are planning to release further aged whiskeys in the future. I can’t imagine what a 4 or even 6-year-old whiskey might taste like from Still Austin. Bravo to their team for crafting something delicious.

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Still Austin Cask Strength Bourbon “The Musician” Review

Still Austin Cask Strength Bourbon The Musician

My Still Austin Cask Strength Bourbon was 118 proof/59ABV. I recommend opening it and giving it a few days to breath.

Nose – 91 out of 100 Points

Want to smell a whiskey with delicate fruit notes and bold cask strength baking spice? Still Austin did the damn thing. I also get a deep, rich caramel. The nose on this 2YO bourbon clowns whiskeys 2x and 3x its age.

Taste – 89 out of 100 Points

The palate lets you know its cask strength. The tart strawberries are there. The palate is round out with toasted grain. It reminds me of steel-cut oatmeal with fresh fruit. Szechuan peppercorns bloom on the palate for some nice warmth. Perfect cold weather sipper.

I returned to this about a week after opening and air did a bottle good. Some of spice rounded out and the fruit stood out more.

Finish – 90 out of 100 Points

It’s a long finish with spice upon spice and rich cherries and strawberries.

Complexity – 89 out of 100 Points

The interplay of delicate fruit and spice is masterful especially for a whiskey aged at least 2 years old.

Value – 89 out of 100 Points

Still Austin Cask Strength Bourbon retails for $65. Maybe a smidge high for a 2YO bourbon but right in line with other cask strength bourbons. And this bourbons has the reach to box above its weight class.

Verdict – Silver 89.6 out of 100 Points

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About Matty Sims

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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