Michter’s Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: June 12, 2015 in American Whiskies, Bourbon

Michter’s US*1 Sour Mash 43%

Tasted: Nov 2014

A very natural and crisp nose with a distinctive sour fruit note. There is plenty of sweet but herbal rye along with hints of earth and manure (I did say the nose was natural!) Not as heavily oaked as the straight rye with a touch of toast and coffee. With time it becomes very oily with plenty of spirit character becoming evident along with hints of thyme, aniseed and my, the rye has become very spicy!

The palate leads off with the taught rye. Lightly coffee’d with again plenty of oily spirit character and subtle oak. Hints of sour fruit and coffee come through on the middle adding to the ever present herbal notes. Beautifully balanced. The oak and corn add just the right amount of balancing sweetness. Long and herbal with a touch of cardamom and bitter chocolate in the finish.

Michter’s US*1 Small Batch Bourbon 45.7%

Tasted: Nov 2014

A big and full nose with plenty of slightly perfumed and toasted corn along with some sweet-ish rye and smoke. Like the straight rye it feels like it has some maturity with hints of cinnamon, coffee and violets. The oak sits pliantly beneath and adds a balancing vanilla character.

The palate is crisper and more spirit focused. The rye comes through quite strongly with a lovely peppery spiciness and some dark fruit and treacle. Quite drying on the middle but there is just about enough oak imput to balance. Very long and herbal with the oak finally coming through on the finish with hints of marzipan and almond. However the herbal rye rides it out. Yeehaw!

Michter’s US*1 Small Batch Bourbon 45.7%

Batch L15 A72

Tasted: Sept 2015

The nose displays a serious weight of herbal rye and chocolate spice which smoother the subtle corn and oak notes. Deep, spicy and very impressive

The palate shows a little more of the soft corn and oak, but the edgy herbal rye isn’t far away and powers through on the middle bring treacle and cinnamon spice notes too. Long, with the herbal rye notes lingering.

Michter’s US*1 Unblended American Whiskey 41.7%

Tasted: Nov 2014

The nose displays plenty of toffee, molasses and tar. Very oily with dried fruit and spice. The oak is pretty dense and muscular but again pliant. Hints of herbal rye and dusty spice come through, all set against this dark treacly background.

The palate is very soft and toffee’d with a touch of treacle. Very heavy on the oak as per the nose but the herbal rye begins to penetrate it along with a slight citrusy, spirit note. Mouth-filling and mouth-wateringly spicy finish with pepper grains exploding all over the place, but that violet tinged treacle balances. Wow, that is one hell of a finish!

Michter’s Single Barrel Bourbon 10 year old 47.2%

Tasted: Mar 2016

Nose: Crisp and citric but just this side of acerbic. Dry, woody rye with subtle herbal notes follow. The oak is relegated to a supporting role and with time a touch of cold tea leaves, gooseberry, cabbage and green wood shavings appear.

Palate Quite spirit driven with a little more oak, but not a huge amount. A lot more conventional than the nose would lead you to believe with crisp, herbal rye and developing bitter spice, treacle and caramel corn.

Finish: Very dry and oozing bitter spice, but there’s just enough vanilla oak to stop your lips puckering up!

Conclusion: An absolutely fascinating nose. I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing that the weirdness didn’t continue on to the palate.

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