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Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Tasting [Review]

by | Sep 2, 2019 | Distillery, Featured, Michters, Tastings | 0 comments

#michtersbourbonDetails
DistilledKentucky
ProductionSmall batch
AgeNon Age Stated (NAS)
First BarrelFire-charred, new American white oak barrels
Proof91.4°
ABV45.7%
Price$39.99
DistilleryMichter’s
ProsGreat for newbies
ConsLacks complexity
Rating82
InventoryTry at Bar

Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight 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 Tasting

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

Glass

Michters Small Batch Bourbon Beading Down Glencairn

Thickly coats the glass and slowly beads down the glencairn’s curves. (Sorry Michter’s, didn’t have a branded glencairn for you)

Color

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

Smell

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

Taste

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.

Finish

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

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

 

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For me this 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. Only hold up might be price.

For me, this would be something I wouldn’t regularly stock 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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