Sizzling on the heels of our protection of its gin, Nonetheless Austin Whiskey Co.’s newest whiskey has arrived, its first ever cask energy bourbon, now obtainable as a restricted launch. Roughly 2200 instances of the “no less than two years previous” bourbon have been produced.
Comprised of 100% Texas grains, the brand new expression accommodates the identical mash invoice as the corporate’s flagship straight bourbon whiskey – 70% Non-GMO white corn, 25% Elbon rye and 5% wildfire malted barley – however with out using the gradual water discount course of, leading to a better proof.
To create this sturdy bourbon, the workforce requested Grasp Blender Nancy Fraley to look by way of their barrels of Straight Bourbon and choose probably the most complicated and full-flavored ones—people who have been begging to be blended and launched at “barrel proof,” that means the whiskey was bottled on the identical proof at which it was aged. The ensuing spirit is a masterpiece of complicated, darkish flavors with a deep spice end.
An aggressive assault kicks off the expertise with a considerable nostril of barrel char, muddled with peanut brittle. A touch of dill pickle provides an natural aspect. The palate has all of the hallmarks of youth, although clearly well-crafted from begin to end, with a stronger peanut and caramel corn aspect resulting in a calmly creamy physique with a modest gingersnap word. Because the end approaches, a basic, lingering spice character arrives, together with an enormous reprise of peanutty notes. It’s partaking and the entire thing works properly collectively, albeit in pretty easy vogue — however on the entire it’s a surprisingly vibrant whiskey contemplating its youthful age.
B+ / $65 / stillaustin.com