St. Augustine Distillery Double Cask Bourbon

St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the United States, having been established by Spanish explorers in 1565. Besides being historic, it is a weird little town- tourists, rednecks, surfer dudes, Flagler College, a "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" museum, and now, a craft distillery.

The new St. Augustine Distillery is a community owned venture nestled inside of an old Florida ice plant. In addition to Florida cane vodka and several rums and gins, the distillery recently released a bourbon whiskey, developed with the assistance of expert distillers Dave Pickerell, Jake Norris, and Brendan Wheatley.

The Double Cask Bourbon features an odd mash bill of 60% corn, 22% malted barley, and 18% wheat. In keeping with the "weird" theme, the bourbon was aged in 25-gallon barrels; a portion of the product was transferred to 53-gallon barrels for further maturation. Seven percent of the product was finished in port barrels, and then everything was blended and cut to 93.8 proof. 

We appreciate distilleries that release detailed specs to the public. Let's see how this little guy turned out.

St. Augustine Distillery Double Cask Bourbon

St. Augustine Distillery
93.8 proof
$50 at Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL (thanks mom!)

Color: Dark amber. Very dark for a blend of whiskey aged for less than 28 months.

Nose: Lots of young oak and raw grain initially, but caramel and vanilla sweetness emerge with time. Wax candle, cedar wood, and chocolate/cherry candy make for a pretty pleasant nose.

Tasting Notes: Raw corn and bitter oak distract from an otherwise nice sip. There are cinnamon, chocolate, red fruit, and spicy/peppery notes. The finish is warming and long. As with all other craft bourbons, it just needs more time. 

Overall: B-. Not a bad bourbon debut for Florida. Great packaging, interesting product, and good enough to make me want to try future releases. 

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