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MICHTER’S BOURBON US1 SMALL BATCH
Age: No Age Statement
Distillery: Michter’s American Whiskey Company
Master Distiller: Willie Pratt
For all you Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey enthusiasts, let me introduce you to Michter’s bourbon – an outsider that deserves more accolades than most of the other liquid gold that comes out of the great state of Kentucky!
But the expertise that goes into the production of Michter’s 1 can be credited to Master Distiller Willie Pratt, a Louisville, Kentucky native and a Brown – Forman veteran. During his tenure there, Mr. Pratt co-chaired a special committee formed specifically to study the art of barrel construction in order to identify optimal distillation and aging conditions for whiskey flavor.
Established in 1753, Michter’s is one of the oldest bourbon distilleries in the world. Legend has it that when General George Washington wanted to rally the boys in the dead of winter at Valley Forge, he ordered shipments of Michter’s bourbon to lift their spirits…and it worked (America is here today, ain’t it?)
Today, the Michter’s distillery is located on historic Whiskey Row in Louisville, Kentucky.
Michters has an entire line of whiskeys crafted in the same tradition, but with a few different mash bills for variety.
MICHTER’S BOURBON US1 SMALL BATCH TASTING NOTES
When I first grabbed the Michters bottle, I was hardly prepared for the experience. I figured this would be another ho-hum whiskey – boy I was wrong!
I removed the cork and whiffed the bottle. I was greeted with honey and clovers – flowers and spice. This is like springtime in the dead of winter. The first sip raised my spirits (see what I did there?) with a light and slippery smooth texture. There was the ever so slight drag of bitterness on the back of my tongue that caught my attention. After the first swallow, the sweetness and woodiness of honeycomb mellowed the sting of the proof. The structure was somewhat awkward, but the dance between the flavor, texture, and proof was entertaining to observe.
The finish was as lively as the front, dissipating into lemon and molasses.
Michters U.S. 1 is my absolute favorite springtime bourbon. However bad your mood, a few sips will raise your spirits, and no matter what cocktails you may construct with Michters, they will come out winners. I experimented with the perfect Cobbler recipe for hours before settling on Michters as my liquor of choice, and there is none more perfect a Manhattan than that made with Michters.
All in all, I give Michters U.S. 1 Bourbon an A-.
US1 is priced right. You can order a bottle for as low as $20!If you are lucky enough to come across a bottle in your neck of the woods, consider it a mandatory buy.