American Whiskey - Bourbon

Michter's US*1 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

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Michter's US-1 Bourbon whiskey is the reawakening of an iconic brand of American heritage that predates not only Prohibition but the American Revolution. Today's incarnation is meant to honor those whiskey traditions. This is the flagship bourbon expression made with a grain bill of at least 50% corn (qualifying it as a bourbon whiskey) and aged in new, charred white oak.

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This bottle has 5 ratings and 5 reviews.
Steelsun Steelsun (16)
Rating: 4.0 (2017-04-26)
Michter's Small Batch Bourbon Another pricey option I'd be hesitant to buy a bottle of untasted. Nose: leather, toasted oak, honey & raisin. Someone else said "dry erase markers" and it does kind of smell like that. But it's pleasant and doesn't burn the nose. Taste: very low burn. Very low. Sweet. Raisin again, oak, buttery, but kind of dry. Finish: dry. Oddly so. Some astringent. But doesn't scald the throat with heat. Overall very tasty, not overwhelming. Rating 4/5 81/100 Would I drink it again: yes. I do like it. Would I buy a bottle : no
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Gammonator Gammonator (21)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-01-11)
Good over all, seems light going down but a good kick at the end. Priced a little high compared to better bourbons. But glad I got and might try something else from Michters line up.
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Cranecreek Cranecreek (316)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-01-07)
Classic Bourbon nose and flavors. Good balance of flavors especially since this product probably contains several different mashbills. Michters has done a good job at sourcing and blending the whiskeys in this product. Good Rye notes, buttery flavors of dark fruits and caramel with a rich combination altogether. The only drawback is for me is that these flavors are all somewhat distinctly separate of each other. The complexity and depth are compromised. Now if these whiskeys were blended and then barrel aged for a year to provide them to meld together you would have a 5 star Bourbon. Note the omission of the word "straight" on this product. Not a big deal because it's the taste that's important, yet interesting just the same.
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Review Comments
jaketaz (2016-02-07):
Any bottle labeled "bourbon" necessarily conforms to the straight whiskey rules. It is illegal for products to be labeled "bourbon" without being 2 years old.

Cranecreek (2016-02-07):
Thank you for reading my review Jaketaz. The word "straight" is very difinitive in whiskey labeling. Let me explain why. My source is the "Code of Federal Regulations" (eCFR) Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. Part 5: [ labeling & advertising of distillled spirits ] Subpart C: [ standards of identity for distilled spirits ] Section 5.22: [ the standards of identity ] Item(1)(i) "Bourbon whisky" is whisky produced at not exceeding 160 proof from a fermented mash of not less than 51% corn. Stored at not more than 125 proof in charred new Oak containers and also includes mixtures of such whiskies as the same type. Item (1)(iii) Whiskies conforming to the standards prescribed in the paragraphs of this section, which have been stored in the type of Oak containers prescribed for a period of 2 years or more shall be further designated as "straight". For example "Straight Bourbon Whisky, "Straight Corn Whisky" - Now what this means is you can label a whiskey "Bourbon" if you meet the standards of paragraph (1)(i). There is no minimum ageing period. Then if you want to use the word "straight" on the label you must conform to paragraph (1)(iii) and age that spirit for 2 years or longer.

jaketaz jaketaz (242)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-12-05)
Delicious, especially considering it's the bottom level of the Michters lineup. Great balance of corn sweetness and rye spice. It's dry and woody, and tastes mature for its (probably) six (ish) years. I think it's a little expensive, but it has a nice personality and an above average flavor balance. I should add: try the 10yr rye, it's a monster.
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Muncher Muncher (663)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-09-12)
Yet another good bourbon that I lucked out taking a chance on. This one is drier and less sweet, which most of the time I tend not to favor, but I do really enjoy the Michter's. It has a dusty wood quality on both the nose and palate that is quite good. The rest of the characteristics are pretty standard: caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and maybe a little apple in there too. I don't know if I'll buy another bottle, but I certainly don't think I overpaid for mine ($32) based on the quality of this bourbon.
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