Michter’s US*1 is a single barrel straight rye whiskey from Kentucky. The brand name is old but Michter’s distillery is quite new. Resurrection of Michter’s brand started in 1990’s when Joseph J. Magliocco and Richard Newman decided to honor the Michter’s legacy by filing for its unused and abandoned trademark.
Before that Michter’s brand had gone through two shutdowns. One in 1919 because of prohibition. Another one in 1989, filing for bankruptcy. They recently expanded their distillery in Lousiville, Kentucky but the roots of Michter’s brand are in Pennsylvania:
“Originally known as Shenk’s and later as Bomberger’s, the whiskey company which ultimately became known as Michter’s was founded by John Shenk, a Swiss Mennonite farmer, in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania in 1753. In its earliest days, Shenk’s produced whiskey from rye grain, a favorite local crop in the Pennsylvania Blue Mountain Valley where the distillery was located.”
Every bottle of Michter’s US*1 Rye Whiskey comes from a charred new American oak single barrel. The bottle in question came from barrel number L18B187. Bottled in 84.8 proof (42.4% alcohol by volume).
Even though Michter’s US*1 Rye doesn’t fall for the “ultimate favorites of WhiskyRant!” bracket, I like it. Being single barrel, there’s quality. What’s lacking is that amazing rye grain freshness that you tend to get when mash bill has high proportion of rye grain.
So my guess is that this has a mash bill of 55-60% of rye, 35-40% of corn and 5% barley. Too bad I couldn’t find the mash bill recipe anywhere.
Taste-wise this isn’t my absolute favorites, but it surely is better than average. I can only recommend this one for rye whiskey aficionados!