Award-winning Distillery 291 has another major award on their trophy cabinet. On Feb. 28, the distillery’s Colorado rye whiskey aged on aspen staves was named America’s best rye in the 2018 World Whiskies Awards
. It’s the second time that whiskey’s taken home that award, alongside a double gold medal at the Denver International Spirits Competition 2017 and a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017.
“It’s amazing,” says owner/founding distiller Michael Myers. “It also shows that the whiskey is very consistent and very good.”
The 101.7-proof spirit is distilled from 61 percent rye and 39 percent corn, aged in American white oak barrels for a year and finished on toasted aspen staves. It was originally labeled as Colorado whiskey — that name’s still used for the barrel- strength rye whiskey, which uses the same grain bill.
Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible also dubbed Distillery 291 a runner-up for Best U.S. Microdistillery 2018, certifying six of their spirits “liquid gold.”
On March 22, the World Whiskies Awards will announce the world’s best whiskies — we’ll see if they dub Distillery 291 the world’s best rye.