Michter’s Distillery is releasing the 2015 allocation of its American whiskey US1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon. The Toasted Barrel Finished Bourbon was first introduced in 2014. Because Michter’s does not have adequate stocks to meet demand for its items, it is necessary for the company to allocate its products.
The Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon is made by taking Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon and then aging it for an additional period in a second custom made barrel. The second barrel is assembled from 18-month air dried wood and then toasted but not charred.
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The traditional Char levels for Oak barrels is levels #1, #2, #3 and #4 – #1 being the lightest and #4 being the darkest. Lighter char levels show more fruit esters and spice notes. Darker levels will extract more vanilla flavors and color into the spirit. By law, Bourbon cannot have any additional color additives so all the color actually comes from the char of the barrel. Getting really technical, any Oak ‘container’ will do, it does not legally have to be a barrel. I’m sure one day, we’ll see aged in an oak chest from Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Ship as it sailed across the 7 Seas. And now, back to our story.
Michter’s has a legacy of offering traditional American whiskeys of uncompromising quality. Their portfolio includes single barrel rye, small batch bourbon, single barrel bourbon, American Whiskey, and its sour mash whiskey.
Here are the Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon Tasting Notes provided by the distillery: Campfire and cinnamon, with pecan and candied fruit. Lingering finish of baked pears, vanilla, and marshmallow.
Michter’s Toasted Barrel Bourbon is bottled at 91.4 proof (45.7% alcohol by volume), the exact same proof as Michter’s on-going US1 Bourbon offering. It is offered at a suggested retail price of $53 per 750 ml bottle in the United States.