750ml · 41.7% ABV
Unlike Bourbon or Rye, which, by definition, must be aged in new oak barrels, Michter's US1 Unblended American Whiskey is aged in a way that utilizes whiskey-soaked barrels to achieve a rich and unique flavor profile. In late 2013, then Master Distiller Willie Pratt agreed to re-release US1 Unblended American Whiskey after a nearly three-year absence from the market, deeming it “just right” and “the best it’s ever been.” Crucially, Michter's US1 Unblended American Whiskey never contains grain neutral spirits – hence its “unblended” distinction.
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.
A complex array of scents—rancio, cedar, black cherry, and saddle leather—appear on the nose. On the bold palate, cigar leaf and mocha are gently balanced by dried apricot. There’s some wet-stone minerality on the finish that works well with a touch of caramel.