Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Texas Straight Bourbon


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Sam Maverick LLC

Distillery: Sam Maverick LLC

Release Date: Ongoing

Proof: 90

Age: 2 Years (Website states this Private Reserve release contains 4 year old bourbon)

Mashbill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley

Color: Dirty gold

MSRP: $75 (2023)

Official Website


Corn | Caramel | Cherry | Honey | Leather | Light dill | Youthful grain


Corn | Honey | Vanilla | Youthful grain | Straightforward


Leather | Malt | Mellow oak


Named after the famous Texan Samuel Maverick, the bourbon has big ambitions much like the man himself, but in this instance, struggles to follow through with them.

Adding to the growing number of proud Texas bourbon distilleries is Samuel Maverick. Named after the famous Texas legislature/signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence/land baron/Texas Alamo survivor, Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Texas Straight Bourbon is the company's premium release consisting of just a seven barrel blend and comes in at 4 years old. The distillery is held up in the old Lockwood National Bank which just so happens to be located next to the Texas Alamo. As the term “maverick” originated from the same Samuel Maverick, does the bourbon that bears his name follows suit?

The nose is very corn forward with gentle accents of cherry, honey, and leather. The palate carries over much of this but substitutes cherry for vanilla. The finish is equally straightforward with a focus on just leather, malt, and mellow oak. I’m a bit surprised this has been in the barrel for 4 years - especially four hot Texas summers - as it lacks development throughout. I celebrate the decision to use more malt in their mashbill than other bourbon distillers typically do, as it can be tasted throughout and helps add some distinctiveness. Despite this, it's clear that this bourbon needs more time in the barrel to develop, and possibly an increase in proof to help drive home its overall impact.  

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
360 video

Written By: Eric Hasman

January 6, 2023
photo of author
Available at these retailers
Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Texas Straight Bourbon
Also Check out
No items found.
Reviews By This Author
Recent Reviews
Recent Articles
  • Exclusive Content
  • new content summary
  • bourbon in the news
  • social media roundup
Terms of UsePrivacy PolicyEthics PolicyCommenting Policy