Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Age: NAS, but said to be 5-7 Years
MSRP: ~$45 retail
Please enjoy our Michter’s US*1 Bourbon Review!
Michter’s US*1 Bourbon is a flavorful, well-balanced, true small batch bourbon, distilled and aged in Kentucky.
Why US*1? I have actually always wondered about that, even though I have visited the Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery many times and have been a big Michter’s fan for years. Well, according to Michter’s: “The US*1 expressions, so named to honor Michter’s heritage harkening back to America’s first whiskey company, consist of some of the finest single barrel and truly small batch whiskeys available.” So what is this America’s first whiskey company of which they speak?
Enter the Shenks
It turns out, John & Michael Shenk founded a distillery in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania in 1753, called Shenk’s. Abe Bomberger purchased the distillery in 1861, and it then became known as Bomberger’s. The distillery closed due to Prohibition, and then reopened, and was eventually renamed Michter’s. The Michter’s Distillery closed its doors in 1990, and at that time it was the oldest distillery in the U.S.
Michter’s US*1 Bourbon is a small batch bourbon, which for Michter’s means that it is made from 20 barrels. It has an undisclosed mash bill, but uses the Michter’s 103 barrel entry proof, toasted & charred barrels that have been seasoned for 18 months, and custom filtration to bring out the bourbon’s best flavors.
Tasting Notes – Michter’s US*1 Bourbon Review
Let’s taste it:
🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉🏻Nose: Cherry, cinnamon, cedar, deep brown sugar; subtle burnt caramel and soft vanilla; some leather appears, more so after a sip or two; moderately sweet; mild alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Cherry, brown sugar, cedar and char; a bit of caramel and vanilla towards the end
👉🏻Finish: The flavors continue with black pepper spice, dry oak and barrel char growing. Cedar reappears, to be joined by some leather which appears later on; The finish is fairly long, soft and lingering, although the relatively mild spice hangs on, too. There’s a nice warming sensation, but no real burn.
An Easy Drinking Bourbon
Michter’s Bourbon is very easy to drink. I hesitate to use the term since many people don’t like it, but I will anyway… Michter’s Bourbon is “smooth”. There, I said it. The alcohol is quite mild, there are no harsh flavors and the finish is warming, but without a burn. The bourbon is very balanced, pleasant and enjoyable.
Michter’s US*1 will appeal to bourbon drinkers who enjoy a flavorful pour without the burn or “in your face” characteristics that can be found with higher proof bourbons. Are you a Michter’s Bourbon fan, too?
We hope you enjoyed our Michter’s US*1 Bourbon Review. Next, check out our Michter’s US*1 Rye Review!
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