Whiskey Review: Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Straight Bourbon

, | December 12, 2022

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Maverick Distilling. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Launched in October of this year, Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a limited-edition release from Maverick Distilling of San Antonio, Texas. Just steps away from the Alamo, Maverick Distillery is located in the historic Lockwood National Bank building which first opened in July of 1918. A third floor was added to the building in 1933 and now serves as the private event space for the San Antonio distillery, which also includes a brewery and restaurant. 

The word ‘maverick’ and its meaning originated in the mid-nineteenth century from the name of Samuel Augustus Maverick, a Texas statesman and land baron who was notorious for neglecting to brand his calves. Maverick Distillery, located on the land that was the original homestead of Sam and Mary Ann Maverick, one of the earliest families to settle in San Antonio in June of 1838, is dedicated to their memory. 

Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a grain-to-glass whiskey produced from specially selected Texas-grown corn, rye, and barley distilled in small batches using a hybrid copper pot still. Barrels are aged in the underground vaults of the restored historic bank building. Aged four years and bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV), only seven barrels of this small-batch limited-edition reserve bourbon have been bottled and released. It is Maverick Distillery’s first premium hand-crafted straight bourbon to be produced fully in-house. 

“We set out to make a statement with our new Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Bourbon that the utmost quality and craftsmanship can be achieved with grain-to-glass whiskey made in Texas,” Dr. Kenneth Maverick, founder of Maverick Distilling, said in a prepared statement. “With our head distiller, we personally selected the very best 30-gallon barrels for Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Bourbon. Its name is a nod to our family heritage, as well as the location on which it was made—distilled on the land that was once Samuel Maverick’s original homestead in the 1800s. With every element stemming from the Lone Star State, we have crafted and bottled a true taste of Texas.”

Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey is available at select independent and chain retail stores which can be located on the Maverick Distillery website. It’s also available for purchase online directly from Maverick Distilling for shipping to 41 states, except for Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Michigan. 

Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Straight Bourbon review

Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Straight Bourbon (image via Maverick Distilling)

Tasting Notes: Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Vital Stats: Aged 4 years, 90 proof (45% ABV), 750ml MSRP $75, product of Texas. 

Appearance: Chestnut/oloroso. 

Nose: This whiskey has a moderate nose burn with a delicate malty and nutty aroma along with slightly sweet vanilla and spicy maple notes. 

Palate: On the palate are mildly sweet and earthy notes of spices, burnt citrus, cinnamon, cedar, and toasted cereal.

Whiskey Review: Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Straight Bourbon


This light-bodied bourbon offers a unique complexity of flavors ranging from cedar to corn to a hint of peppermint. It has a medium to long finish with a lingering green peppercorn spiciness along with subtle fruit notes. I’d be curious to try an edition of this bourbon whiskey after it’s been aged for more than four years.

Overall, a pleasant new bourbon from the great state of Texas that’s worth a little hat tip.

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Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams is a former Dallas, Texas bartender of 15 years where she developed an appreciation for patrons with a healthy respect for great whiskey. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2019 where she graduated from Portland State University as an English Literature major with a minor in Writing. While...