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Michter's Us1 Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey

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Since the 1990's, the Michter's of Kentucky has been doing pioneering work to re-establish the high quality American Rye whiskey category. The May 2015 inaugural release of Michter's US 1 Barrel Strength Rye marks yet another milestone in that quest. For maturation, the Rye distillate is entered into the barrel at 103 proof, rather than a more industry standard higher proof. Barrel entry at a lower proof of 103 rather than a higher proof costs Michter's more money in terms of barrels and warehousing, but they believe it yields a richer, smoother, more full-bodied whiskey after proper maturation. A single barrel product, each barrel of Michter's US 1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye is bottled at its particular alcohol level at the time of bottling. The majority of barrels in the inaugural release range from 108 to 110.8 proof. To savor it is a unique experience for anyone who enjoys whiskey. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 95 points saying "This limited-release rye offers a rich aroma of vanilla and caramel. Bottled at barrel strength, it's initially drying and hot on the palate. Complex and echoing with rounded vanilla and allspice, it stands up to plenty of dilution, and finishes on a hint of almond." Limited!

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Michter's Distillery:
Michter’s is a classic American whiskey produced in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. Its legacy dates back to the 1700’s, when Swiss Mennonite farmer John Shenk first built a small distillery in the Blue Mountain Valley and began converting leftover rye to whiskey. This whiskey became so popular that George Washington famously purchased bottles for his troops to warm their cockles du... Read more
Michter’s is a classic American whiskey produced in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. Its legacy dates back to the 1700’s, when Swiss Mennonite farmer John Shenk first built a small distillery in the Blue Mountain Valley and began converting leftover rye to whiskey. This whiskey became so popular that George Washington famously purchased bottles for his troops to warm their cockles during that brutal winter at Valley Forge. In 1860, Abraham Bomberger purchased the distillery from the Shenk family.  Sadly, the distillery was forced to close as a casualty of the Prohibition in 1919. After another changing of hands, the Bomberger distillery officially became Michter’s in the 1970s. However, financial problems forced them into bankruptcy until the 1990s, when the brand was resurrected by its president Joseph J. Magliocco and spirits magnate Richard “Dick” Newman. Their goal was to reintroduce the brand as a premium whiskey and return to the company’s roots as a quality rye producer. This was just in time for the consumer rye revolution that would coincide with the rise of classic American pre-Prohibition cocktails. Willie Pratt is their Master Distiller, dedicated to small production and using lower proofs for a smooth, rich whiskey. Says Pratt, “If a barrel is not at the exact right point of maturation and will benefit from more time, I won’t release it even if the sales guys and the distributors are screaming for more goods. That’s why they tease me and call me ‘Dr. No.’ ”   Michter’s proprietary lineup consists of single barrel ryes, small batch Bourbons, single barrel Bourbons and unblended American whiskey. Production has now moved from its original distillery in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania to Louisville, Kentucky.  Read less

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Source: WineExpress.com
11/21/2016

Since the 1990's, the Michter's of Kentucky has been doing pioneering work to re-establish the high quality American Rye whiskey category. The May 2015 inaugural release of Michter's US 1 Barrel Strength Rye marks yet another milestone in that quest. For maturation, the Rye distillate is entered into the barrel at 103 proof, rather than a more industry standard higher proof. Barrel entry at a lower proof of 103 rather than a higher proof costs Michter's more money in terms of barrels and warehousing, but they believe it yields a richer, smoother, more full-bodied whiskey after proper maturation. A single barrel product, each barrel of Michter's US 1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye is bottled at its particular alcohol level at the time of bottling. The majority of barrels in the inaugural release range from 108 to 110.8 proof. To savor it is a unique experience for anyone who enjoys whiskey. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 95 points saying "This limited-release rye offers a rich aroma of vanilla and caramel. Bottled at barrel strength, it's initially drying and hot on the palate. Complex and echoing with rounded vanilla and allspice, it stands up to plenty of dilution, and finishes on a hint of almond." Limited!



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