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Distillery 291 Colorado Whiskey Review

In American Whiskey Reviews by Brett Atlas2 Comments

A traditional whiskey made from rye malt sour mash aged in American White Oak deep char barrel and finished with toasted Aspen Staves. Sweet on the front and spicy in the middle with a sweet finsh. You can hear the saloon doors swing with this one.Distillery 291
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Distillery 291 Colorado Whiskey

  • DISTILLER: Distillery 291
  • MASH BILL: Undisclosed (but just over 50% rye)
  • AGE: NAS (but just over a year)
  • YEAR: 2016
  • PROOF: 101.7 (Basecamp Wine & Spirits Barrel Select)
  • MSRP: $70.00

Distillery 291 Colorado Whiskey Background Info

Back in April, I brought you the incredible story of Michael Myers and Colorado Springs’ Distillery 291. The title Craft Distiller” is carelessly thrown at most of the 1300+ small distillers operating in the US, but Distillery 291 is one of the few companies displaying true craftsmanship and innovation.

Based on the rye mash bill of Myers’ favorite whiskey, the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, the Colorado Whiskey is aged in 10-gallon charred oak barrels for about a year. “But 10-gallon barrels and year-old whiskey is cheating,” you say? The World Whiskies Awards, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Jim Murray (of Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible) strongly disagree. In fact, after tasting Distillery 291’s whiskey, Murray has declared “that whiskey just a year old can be this good is obscene.”

Unlike some new distillers, 291 actually produces great whiskey, and they love it so much, they bottle and sell their white dog. But a Colorado distillery should make a western whiskey, so Myers began inserting toasted Aspen tree staves into the barrel for 2-3 weeks before bottling. “My whiskey doesn’t taste like any other whiskey out there,” Myers proudly exclaims.

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Brett Atlas

Brett Atlas


Mark Twain said, “too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” A passionate whiskey hunter & gatherer, Brett serves his opinions and reviews just like his bourbon - straight and not watered down. A native Chicagoan, he attended the University of Kansas and Chicago’s John Marshall Law School before moving to Omaha, Nebraska, where he runs a packaging distribution company and enjoys opening bottles with good friends. Read Brett's full profile.


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    I’m disappointed to have my trust in your reviews so shaken by this misapplication of judgement. This crap is some of the worst whiskey I’ve ever paid 79$ for. It’s not smooth and has a horrible aftertaste. I keep trying the various iterations of distillery 291 and being forced to give the bottles away to my enemies at each try. BUST is not strong enough an opinion to the negative on this one.

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    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like it. It’s definitely unique and not for everyone. I’d probably suggest moving onto something that suits your palate better rather than continuing to spend money on more and more bottles. Also, if you’re able to find a whiskey that every single person loves please let me know.

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