Although there is a similar version of US*1 Rye in a periodic release, Michter’s has never released a cask strength version of their staple bourbon before. They did so in 2017 specifically for the Kentucky Bourbon Affair. This is a Kentucky-only release, but we were able to obtain a handful of bottles. Availability while supplies last.
The nose is thick with vanilla and candy corn, seasoned with hints of anise and citrus zest, and just a trace of oak. What is more, there isn’t even a hint of burn to it, which is a pretty good sign for a 110.6 proof (55.3% ABV) bourbon. Like it’s rye cousin, this whiskey has a big, bold scent, without even the slightest harshness to it.
The potency is more evident on the palate. Vanilla and brown sugar meet campfire-roasted corn, with a little of that heat-driven spiciness rising up from back to front. It’s not so much, however, that we think the whiskey actually requires water, although it’s improved by just a few drops worth. Just a little dilution from an ice cube is enough to take care of it.From there, a light, slightly tannic finish and plenty of 110-proof warmth.
As is so often the case in American whiskey, taking the proof up to a sweet spot found somewhere in the zone between 100 and 120 improves the product. That is the case with Michter’s Barrel Proof Rye, it’s the case here too, and it’s the case for several other expressions.
Concentrated character with rich caramel and luxurious toffee balanced by vanilla, hints of apricot and cherry and other stone fruits, roasted pecans and molasses with some charred oak highlights.