291 Colorado Bourbon Whiskey works fine as an après ski. It’s young but not harsh, and despite begin 100 proof, it’s refreshing rather than a flavor punch.
Instead of a big ski lodge, however, this whiskey takes me straight to a bar stool out of a Western. The bottle is the same wine bottle shape as those nondescript ones bartenders pour from when offering a shot of liquid courage to the cowboy slumped over the bar as he contemplates his next move. A little something to take the edge off.
What I knew: 100 proof, aged less than two years, finished with Aspen staves, distilled in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
What I discovered: At $75, it’s at a high price point for such a young whiskey. And it did taste young. I would be curious to try it after it aged a few more years and the flavors had a chance to mingle and mellow longer. The smell is earthy, woodsy, and herbal. It’s fairly light and just a little rough around the edges. It doesn’t linger for an especially long time, but does leave a little burn at the back the throat. It’s smooth, though, and did not taste overproofed. I don’t know that it’s worth shelling out the money—Colorado has some nice, solid bourbons at a much lower price. But I did want to keep drinking it while it was there.