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.” Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson added, “The increased corn and malted barley used in the rye recipe really allows the barrel to transform the product into a super smooth, rich and complex rye whiskey with an elegance on the palate.”
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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. “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,’ “said Magliocco.
Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey is a single barrel product, and the average proof of the barrels in this April 2019 release is 110.8° proof (55.4 ABV.) The suggested retail price is $75 for a 750ml bottle.
In addition to Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery on Whiskey Row in Louisville the company has Michter’s Shively Distillery as well as its recently acquired 145-acre farm and operations in Springfield, Kentucky.