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Michter's US*1 Small Batch Unblended American Whiskey (700ml)
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- ABV 41.7%
The Michter's "US*1" bottlings are so named to honor Michter’s heritage harkening back to America’s first whiskey company. Washington and his troops drank Michter’s while they were hunkered down in Valley Forge.Unlike Bourbon or Rye, which, by definition, must be aged in new oak barrels, US*1 unblended whiskey is aged in a way that utilizes second-use bourbon barrels to achieve a distinctive flavour profile. In late 2013, Master Distiller Willie Pratt agreed to re-release this specialty after a nearly three-year absence from the market, deeming it “just right” and “the best it’s ever been.” No neutral grain spirits are included in this blend. Tasting note: [BATCH L14B98 tasted] Amber / brassy gold. Quite rye-like with attractive and powerful scents of stewed apple, cinnamon, vanilla and peppermint tea. This is initially restrained in the mouth but builds with concentrated, semi sweet, spicy rye-like flavours - think stewed apple and a touch of Fisherman's Friend lozenge. Finish is dry, balancing nicely with the mid palate flavours which persist at length, rounded off by some late sweetness. Lovely stuff. 41.7% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... This small-batch whiskey is a treat, butter-soft and loaded with sweet toffee and hazelnut aromas and flavors. The long finish rolls toward dry espresso and mocha flavors, pepped up with clove and cinnamon. 94 points - www.wineenthusiast.com Off-market for two years. Nose of caramel, sugar wafers, and a touch of just-ripe nectarine. Sweet/smooth in the mouth, with sweet mint, rock candy, and gliding King syrup flavors slipping all over the tongue, while oak notes provide high spiciness. Finishes with a lingering light sweetness, like a dissolving sugar flake. With all the sweetness, though, it doesn’t cloy. Nice, if not complex. 84 points
- www maltadvocate.com, (Spring 2014) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson