Distillery 291 Earns Three Liquid Gold Awards and U.S. Micro Whiskey of the Year (Runner-Up)

 Photo: Neill Pieper

Photo: Neill Pieper

By Mary Anderson

Distillery 291 in Colorado Springs continues to garner attention from the world of whiskey, most recently from Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible.

The 291 “E” Colorado Bourbon Whiskey, Aged 333 Days, was named runner up in the U.S. Micro Whiskey of the Year category.

Each year, Murray, acclaimed whiskey writer and critic, judges and scores whiskeys on nose, taste, finish and balance. Those scoring above 94.5 (out of 100) are deemed Liquid Gold.

 Photo: Neill Pieper

Photo: Neill Pieper

The 291 “E” Colorado Bourbon Whiskey was joined by two other whiskeys in receiving Liquid Gold awards from the Whiskey Bible: the 291 “E” Colorado 100% Rye Malt Whiskey, Aged 291 Days, and the 291 Barrel Proof Colorado Whiskey, Aged Less than 2 Years.

For Michael Myers, founder of Distillery 291, the recognition was exciting and emotional. “My reaction to learning of that accolade was holy f*** … and with a tear in my eye,” he said.

But the recognition is no true surprise for the distillery, which has been climbing to prominence for years. They have now earned six Liquid Gold designations since first submitting spirits in 2012.

“I credit my success to my hard-working team, who’s work ethic exceeds my own, and who also accepts any challenge and is able to conquer it with undaunted courage,” Myers said.

The hard work shows in the winning 291 whiskey, which the Whiskey Bible noted as “exceptional, enthralling and eclectic” with a flavor profile of vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, figs and raisins. Although it is now sold out, you can get your hands on 291’s other winning whiskeys. The 291 “E” Colorado 100% Rye Malt Whiskey Aged 291 Days is on the shelf in select Colorado liquor stores and the 291 Barrel Proof Colorado Whiskey, Aged Less than 2 Years, is available year-round in stores throughout Colorado, as well as Distillery 291’s tasting room.

Want to learn more about Distillery 291? See how they are bending the rules to make great whiskey or visit their website for a full list of awards

Mary Anderson is a freelance graphic design and writer currently based out of Denver. When she is not designing logos or writing magazine stories, you’ll most likely find her in the mountains exploring all this beautiful state has to offer. (website | portfolio)