Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Michter's Barrel Strength US*1 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
The Rye Whiskies offered by Michter's are better than ever as they offer the right balance of spice, fruit, and decadent caramel and sweet notes. This limited bottling is bottled at barrel strength (no dilution whatsoever), a decision that is applauded by Whiskey lovers as it gives us the opportunity to dilute the spirit to our preferred strength or to enjoy it at full strength.
The Michter’s brand has a rich history that traces back to 1753, well before the colonies declared independence. The Whiskey company that would eventually become known as Michter’s was founded by John Shenk and originally known as Shenk’s and then Bomberger’s. The distillery was established in Pennsylvania, which was the heart of America’s Whiskey distilling in that era. Prohibition forced a closure but operations continued after Repeal. The distillery changed ownership many times over the years and financial hardships led to a permanent closure in 1989. In the 1990s Joseph Magliocco and Richard Newman teamed to revive the Michter’s brand. They acquired the abandoned Michter’s trademark and set up shop in Kentucky. They have been sourcing terrific Whiskey while working hard to build a new distilling facility in Shively, Kentucky and a visitor friendly location in downtown Louisville. It’s safe to say that Michter’s is back.
Brilliant, crystal clear. The nose is beautifully complex with rich, sweet toasted grain in the lead with generous supporting scents of toffee, butterscotch, dried black fruits, charred oak, brown baking spices, and vanilla. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a rich, caramel soaked rye core with generous notes of clove, allspice, vanilla, black pepper, and nutmeg. This is absolutely an intense Rye but the ultra balanced flavors perfectly mask the high alcohol levels.
How to Serve
This bold Rye is best enjoyed with a small addition of water that best allows the complex aromatics and flavors to bloom. If you must, add a bit of ice but be sure to go easy as you don't want to numb the subtle flavor elements.
Price: $ 75
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