Michter’s is America’s first distilling company, dating back to 1753 when they started out making rye whiskey. Their whiskeys are 100% Kentucky whiskeys.
Michter’s takes a “Cost Be Damned” approach to the production of every barrel, using various methods including:
– Air drying the wood used in its barrels, up to 36 months
– Toasting barrels prior to charring them so the natural sugar in the wood comes to the surface
– Using a low barrel-entry strength of 51.5% ABV rather than the industry standard 62.5%
– Utilising heat cycling to heat the warehouse gradually in winter then opening the windows to let it cool again, so the whiskey ages during the frigid winter months
– Adopting the best individual filtration technique for each whiskey rather than using the same filtration method for all their whiskeys.
US*1 Small Batch Bourbon : At 45.7% ABV, the US*1 Small Batch Bourbon is aged in fire-charred, new American white oak barrels. It tastes of rich caramel with balanced vanilla, with stone fruit notes and a smoky depth with an oak finish. Each batch is typically composed of no more than two dozen barrels, creating a truly small batch Bourbon.
US*1 Single Barrel Rye : Made with select American rye, and flavours of spice with peppery notes, citrus, butterscotch and oak. At 42.4% each bottle comes from a single barrel and is excellent for cocktails.
US*1 Sour Mash Whiskey : Made using some previously fermented mash as the starter for the new mash to be fermented, much like making sourdough bread. Flavours of rich cinnamon entry with notes of butter and almond, with a peppery finish. At 43% it’s the perfect bridge between the Bourbon and Rye.
US*1 Unblended American Whiskey : Aged in a way that utilises bourbon-soaked barrels to achieve a rich and unique flavour profile. Deep butterscotch and vanilla notes, hints of caramel and dried fruit with a ripened fruit finish. At 41.7, the Unblended American Whiskey uses no grain neutral spirit, hence the “unblended” distinction.
From time to time Michter’s releases limited special edition whiskeys which are always hugely popular.