Michter’s adds barrel strength rye to range

20th March, 2019 by Owen Bellwood

Kentucky-based whiskey brand Michter’s has unveiled a new barrel strength rye whiskey due to launch in April.

Michter’s to launch US*1 Barrel Strength Rye in April

US*1 Barrel Strength Rye is a single barrel release bottled at 55.4% abv, said to be a “super smooth, rich and complex rye whiskey”.

Michter’s master distiller Pamela Heilmann said: “Since I joined Michter’s, I’ve developed a greater appreciation of how good American Rye can be. I think this US*1 Barrel Strength Rye is really exceptional.”

The new whiskey uses an increased amount of corn and barley in its mash bill, creating a “rye whiskey with an elegance on the palate”.

According to Michter’s president Joseph J Magliocco, the idea to offer a barrel strength rye came from tasting different barrel samples at the distillery.

He said: “We would be sampling barrels of Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Rye before putting them to bottling proof, and people would say: ‘Wow, this is really good.'”

Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey carries an RRP of US$75 per 750ml bottle and will be available in specialist retailers across the US.

Earlier this year, the American whiskey producer opened its Fort Nelson Distillery in Louisville, which features a tasting room, gift shop and bar.

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