Michael Myers decided to branch out from a successful career as a professional photographer and get back to the roots of his childhood, and perhaps to the roots of Americas’ childhood as well. Heading west like a true pioneer, Myers quite literally converted his photography business into a distillery by using his copper photogravure plates to build his first still. Fast-forward to today, there is an entire portfolio of spirits coming from the brand–ten different spirits, as a matter of fact. Today we’re reviewing one of those ten, the single barrel rye. To see what they had to say about the whiskey, we visited the Distillery 291 website:
Our flagship, Colorado Whiskey, is a single barrel rye whiskey distilled in a copper pot still, aged in American white oak barrels for one year, and finished with aspen staves. Unique, yet traditional, it has a flavor profile of cinnamon, rye bread, oak, and maple.
Made from malted rye and corn mash.
50.8% Alc/Vol – 101.7 PROOF
The label tells us this is bottle 47 of 62, and it’s bottled at 101.7 proof. While there is no age statement, the back label tells us the whiskey is aged less than two years; it’s probably worth noting that this whiskey does not bear the “straight” designation. With how dark the product is, and the low number of bottles from the barrel, we can only assume this is aged in well-charred small barrels.