Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Milam & Greene. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.
The partnership between entrepreneur Marsha Milam and celebrated blender and author Heather Greene has concentrated a wealth of whiskey knowledge in Blanco, Texas. This “Whiskey Dream Team” launched their range in 2019, bringing together the combined experience of master distiller Marlene Holmes (formerly with Jim Beam), the blending expertise Greene cultivated in Scotland, and chief brewer Jordan Osborne.
With all this industry experience comes an attention to detail in ingredients, process, aging, and blending, drawing from diverse whiskey making traditions. But don’t mistake this accumulated knowledge for ivory-tower elitism. Heather Greene is very good at communicating the finer points of the craft in layperson terms and her Whiskey School video series through the Milam and Greene website is an excellent resource for the curious whiskey drinker.
Milam and Green is establishing itself as a player in the emerging grain-to-glass Texas whiskey style while also producing a number of offerings made from out-of-state ingredients. The brand is still relatively young and American whiskey enthusiasts would do well to pay attention as it continues to grow.
Millam and Greene describe their Triple Cask Bourbon Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys as distilled from a mash of “70% Texas corn, 22% Pacific Northwest malted rye from Oregon & Washington, 8% Wyoming barley and our proprietary yeast recipe from Kentucky and Texas.” Straight bourbon must be aged for a minimum of two years, but this bottle contains a blend of whiskeys with varying age statements. The youngest in the blend is Texas bourbon, which contributes some heat, in combination with the mature flavors of three to four year Tennessee bourbon, and the venerable tannins of 10-11 year Tennessee bourbons.
Vital Stats: 94 proof. Blend of 2, 3-4, and 10-11 year straight bourbon whiskeys. Retails at $45
Appearance: This is a rich gold in the glass with a medium body and noticeable clarity.
Nose: The aromas of bright, floral vanilla are almost perfume-like but without the uncanny, synthetic quality of many perfumes.
Palate: The first thing I noticed was how light this feels in the mouth and it is not overly hot, resulting in a very smooth mouthfeel. There is an initial spiciness that quickly pulls back into an expanse of tannins before easing into a long finish with flavors of maple syrup – and I mean the expensive stuff that comes in the little 1 liter jugs with the loop handle – before fading back into light, spicy cinnamon.
This sips well on its own and is clearly inviting citrus fruits over for a cocktail. Milam and Greene’s Triple Cask Bourbon is a no-brainer pick up at this price point. The flavors are incredibly pleasant and balanced and its versatility offers a great entry point to Milam and Greene’s range but also to American whiskey in general. If you are relatively new to bourbon and looking to begin exploring, you should consider starting here.