Tasting Notes for Michter's US*1 Unblended American Whiskey
Nose: Polished oak, buttery corn and a kick of caraway spiciness.
Taste: Wonderfully creamy on the palate, boasting notes of butterscotch, golden syrup and sultanas.
Finish: Corn appears again, with peach and apple alongside it.
Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Michter’s is one of the oldest distilleries in the States. Their Master Distiller, Willie Pratt, has been in and around the Whiskey industry for over forty years, he is lovingly referred to as Dr. No as he will never allow any casks to be released or bottled until they are just right meaning these whiskeys are typically aged longer than other producers would otherwise age theirs.
Unlike Bourbon or Rye, which, by definition, must be aged in new oak barrels, this American Whiskey is aged in a way that utilizes bourbon-soaked barrels to achieve a rich and unique flavour profile. Hybrid distilled and cold filtered, this is a smooth drop that is “unblended” – without the addition of neutral grain spirits, as is common to American whiskey – and a true “small batch”, with only 24 barrels in each batch.
Originally known as Shenk's and later as Bomberger's, this whiskey company ultimately became known as Michter's. It was founded by John Shenk in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania, in 1753. In the mid-1800s, Pennsylvania Dutchman Abraham Bomberger bought the distillery and it was then known for many decades as Bomberger's. After changing hands many times over the course of Prohibition, eventually Lou Forman created the Michter's brand name by combining his sons' names, Michael and Peter. Though sadly, the distillery closed in 1989 due to bankruptcy.
However, Michter’s prevails! Joseph Magliocco and Richard Newman joined forces, both men with a passion for whiskey. After filing for the abandoned Michter’s trademark, they planned to resurrect Michter's in the heart of the modern American whiskey industry, Kentucky.
Their current historic Fort Nelson site was first built in 1890 and purchased by Michter’s in 2012, after years of restoration the site opened to the public in February 2019. As well as their Fort Nelson site, the company owns Michter’s Shively Distillery in Louisville, as well as its 145-acre farm in Springfield, Kentucky.
Producer Michter's Style Unblended American Whiskey Age No Age Statement Volume 70CL ABV 41.7%