Before this review, I had never heard of StilltheOne Distillery (STO), but that’s not surprising. STO is a young craft distillery located in Port Chester, NY, about an hour north of New York City in Westchester county. When I lived in New York City I actually spent quite a lot of time up in Westchester county, including in Port Chester, so this distillery takes me back to a very different time in my life.
Reminiscing aside, I bring up this distillery because I’m reviewing StilltheOne’s 914 Small Batch bourbon, aged for 35 months in barrels of an undisclosed size with the no.4 char. 914 Bourbon is produced and aged in New York State using local grains (surprisingly not sourced), part of the growing distillery scene in the state. Even more interesting, this is a wheated bourbon, so that should perk up your bourbon senses.
While I don’t buy or drink much craft whiskey, I received this as a generous gift (not from the distillery) from someone who grew up in the area, so I will give this bourbon a fair evaluation. Don’t get me wrong, some craft whiskey turns out to be very good (e.g., Jacksonville’s Manifest Rye and Baltimore’s Old Line Cask Strength Single Malt), but a lot of it also ends up…shall we say…not great. In this StilltheOne 914 Bourbon review, let’s find out if this craft bourbon is worthy of a spot on your whiskey shelf.
*I’d like to thank Will for gifting me this bottle