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Michter’s US1 Bourbon Review

Last updated Nov 9, 2020 | Published Sep 2019


by Matty Sims

ProductionSmall batch
AgeNon Age Stated (NAS)
First BarrelFire-charred, new American white oak barrels
ProsGreat for newbies
ConsLacks complexity
InventoryDaily Sipper

Michter’s US1 Bourbon is blended from 20 full barrels for each batch so it’s truly a small batch. This requires more skill as there is less room for error (a la blending 100s or even 1000s of barrels).

It’s currently allocated because of the high demand and low stock for Kentucky Straight Bourbon. It’s non-age stated. Most assume Michter’s is still using sourced bourbon (they were formerly not distilling their own whiskey) but according to Forbes, “Pam Heilmann completed one of her first distillations of Michter’s American Whiskey in 2015” so this release may be moving to their own distillate soon.

According to Fred Minnick on the WhiskeyCast, Brown Foreman is Michter’s distilling partner which makes sense because Brown Foreman has mastered the double-barrel whiskey (each of their flagship brands has one — Woodford’s Double Oaked, Jack Daniel’s Gold No. 27, and Old Forrester 1910) and Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish has been a massive success in their line of whiskeys.

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Michter’s US*1 Bourbon Review

Michter's US1 Bourbon

Now should you buy Michter’s US*1 Bourbon? We’ve got you covered with our tasting review below. Keep reading.

Michter’s US1 Bourbon in the Glass

Michter's US1 Bourbon Beading Down Glencairn

Michter’s US1 Bourbon thickly coats the glass and slowly beads down the Glencairn’s curves. (Sorry Michter’s, didn’t have a branded Glencairn for you)


Light amber — maybe those mosquitoes from Jurassic Park confused amber for bourbon.


Overripe peaches, toasted cinnamon like the smell of savory cake donuts from your neighborhood bakery, vanilla frosting, and brown sugar oatmeal


Grainy on the tip of the tongue, light caramel coats the middle of the tongue while baking spices and oak work their way down the side palate.

The mouthfeel isn’t as oily as I would’ve expected from its beading on the Glencairn. It is refreshing though. This is bourbon for sipping on a hot summer day.

Back of palate, I get some peaches and dried fruit.


I get a mild peppery note with baking spices and just a hint of oak astringency. It lingers but it’s not overpowering. Let’s call this finish the Kentucky side-hug.

Leave me your tasting notes in the comments below.

Verdict – Bronze 82 Points

The Bourbon Bard Bronze 300pxI do taste the seeds of what makes me love Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon but the flavors are less complex and developed in this entry.

For me, Michter’s US1 Bourbon is a bourbon you might try if you’ve enjoyed other Michter’s products, and depending on your palate it could be a daily sipper for some. I could also see this as a solid gateway bourbon because none of the flavors would overwhelm a newer palate. The only hold up might be the price.

I wouldn’t regularly stock Michter’s US1 Bourbon but would certainly enjoy out at a bar depending on the other options. Leave me your tasting notes in the comments below.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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  1. David

    Needed to add a bit of water. I taste cinnamon at the end. A little sweet in the beginning.

    • Matty Sims

      Really good point. May add a category to my reviews for “With a Drop of Water”


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