Origin: Kentucky (USA)
Type: American Rye Whiskey
Ageing casks: Charred American Oak
Added coloring: No
Owner: Chatham Imports
Average price: € 66.00
Official website: michters.com
Rye whiskey is very popular in the US, and has therefore been at the heart of Michter’s production since their early days.
The rye offering is indeed quite extensive in their portfolio, including the cask strength version reviewed a while back, and to confirm their focus on the quality of their bottlings, here I am with a single cask edition, part of the US*1 line that offers so to speak ‘consumer’ whiskeys.
Large consumption and single cask may seem like an oxymoron, and it isn’t known how many bottles are produced from each batch, but several casks are bottled at a time, so maximum distribution (and uniform gradation at least) is guaranteed.
Gold with copper highlights in the glass.
On the nose, the rye is tempered by a delicate touch of nutmeg, resting on a herbaceous and floral carpet of lavender and lime. Vanilla, caramelised cereals, apple strudel, sweet liquorice and a hint of ginger make up the ingredients of a profile that is rich and sweet without being cloying.
Ginger and pepper announce a soft and warm palate, with mentholated impressions of cooked apples, panforte, candyfloss, caramelised cereals, vanilla. Salted butter.
The finish is a bit short, with salty tips on cereals, honey, sugar icing, hint of pepper.
It’s a shame about the finish, which slips away really quickly, because otherwise it’s a compact dram, not complex but not obvious either, perhaps more suited to mixology than to drinking straight.
Reviews of Michter’s whiskey in the blog:
Michter’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon 10yo
Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Small Batch
Michter’s US*1 Original Sour Mash
Michter’s US*1 Rye Whiskey Barrel Strength
The Whiskey Jug