Still & Oak Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Great Lakes Distillery
Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.2
Nose: Wood sugar and light brown caramel. Cornmeal. Fruit cake and milk chocolate. Granola bar with honey. Floral lavender, rose water, licorice and anise.
Palate: Milk chocolate, corn and simple syrup. Soft Asian spice. Cherry picks it up after a splash of water. Toasty notes.
Finish: Subtle background of apples and herbal notes show some complexity. Fresh leathery finish.
Comment: Approachable and attractive. Easy going and cocktail ready.
Susan Reigler – 8.0
Nose: Roasted corn, banana and cinnamon. Caramel that lends heft without overbalancing.
Palate: Crème Brûlée and baking spices with stone fruit and brown sugar. It’s not especially complex, but has all the elements of a good bourbon, balancing vanilla, fruit, and spice.
Finish: The vanilla hangs on, before the spice and oak start to take charge.
Comment: Very good bourbon on its own, but could certainly play well with others ingredients in a classic cocktail.