American Whiskey - Blended
Michter's US*1 Small Batch Sour Mash Unblended American Whiskey
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
Michter's US-1 Sour Mash whiskey is an extension of their US*1 line, meant to commemorate American whiskey tradition. "Sour mash" will here simply mean the yeast used in fermentation will be re-used from a prior batch for consistency in flavor. The grain bill is simply described as "unique" and neither bourbon (suggesting less than 50% corn) nor rye (suggesting less than 50% rye)... perhaps wheat?
In the 2010 Wine Enthusiasts review, they suggest "It mellows considerably with ice, and becomes quite likeable, drinkable and mild."
Michter's heritage comes from Swiss Mennonite farmers distilling rye whiskey in 1753 and legend has it that this whiskey warmed the revolutionaries at Valley Forge. In fact, the long and storied history is told in resplendent fashion and great detail at Ellen Jaye. They trace its history to an 1850 sale to Abraham Bomberger until closure in 1919 due to Prohibition. It was later resold in 1978 and became Michter's. It entered financial troubles in the 1990s, sold its whiskey stocks, but was recently re-purchased and reopened in 2006. Since the 1980s, the brand has been produced by contract with distilleries in Kentucky with no distillery to call its own. Michter's has announced the construction of a $7.8 million distillery in Louisville to serve as the home for its whiskey. While past expressions have been listed with the Tax and Trade Bureau with Kentuck Bourbon Distillers, we have opted to list Michter's as the producer in light of their new production facilities. Certainly, from the time of the announced construction (2011) and the actual whiskey coming out of the new distillery (possibly 10 years or more hence), there will be a period of time where the actual source of the whiskey will be some kind of blend between a contract labeling situation and their own production.
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