Apologies for the poor picture-quality, I still can’t find the charger for my camera battery.
I made a trip to Astor Place this weekend to pick up my next few bottles. Catching my eye down there at the bottom shelf was Cabin Still with its bright yellow label and trying-too-hard name, so I put it in the basket along with my other selections and hoped for the best. At $10.99, that’s not hard to do.
Further investigation revealed that Cabin Still is a Heaven Hill product, which bodes well. Let’s see how this goes.
- Made by Heaven Hill
- 80 proof
That yellow label is the most distinctive element of the Cabin Still bottle. The centerpiece is a print of a copper pot still framed by the phrases “Hand Made” and “Sour Mash”. The main text of “Cabin Still” is in a font that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before, but it – along with the decorative swirls around the edges – highlights the almost goofy character of the design. It has taken the idea of the bourbon bottle and taken it to cartoonish lengths.
As much as I get fed up with the over-reliance on nostalgia in American whiskey packaging, I find myself more amused than frustrated. I especially like after thought of a red stripe in the top red corner.
To the nose Cabin Still is sweet, medicinal, and a bit of new car smell. On the palate, CS is barely there. It starts off with a watery grain and under-aged sort of profile then drops into a faint char and a slight pepper on the finish.
Cabin Still is nothing to write home about. I’ve had worse as parts of bourbon & cokes before, but I don’t think I’ll be sipping this on its own any time soon.