Turning Up The Heat A Little.
Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
A few days ago, despite being on the cusp of entering the dog days of summer, this particular day was grey, damp, rainy and cold. Granted it wasn’t Novemberish; however, I did feel it I needed to warm things up bit. So, I went to the bar closet and decided to try on a Michter’s Single Barrel Straight Rye liquid sweater.
Michter’s is an interesting distillery. Interesting in that they do have two distilleries in Kentucky. Interesting that some of their whiskies are outsourced. Now, my intent wasn’t to heat things up even further with the outsourced slash transparency conversation. (Mind you, having that discussion over a whiskey isn’t a bad idea.) Keeping in line with the “interesting”, Michter’s:
- toasts their barrels before charring,
- barrels its rye at 51.5 abv,
- and uses chill filters protocols specific for each whisky.
The Michter’s Single Barrel Straight Rye is an NAS whiskey. However, it’s at least four years old because by law, anything under four years must have an age statement on the label.
George Bernard Shaw called whisky liquid sunshine. Well, this whiskey looked nice and tanned because it poured a rich mahogany in my glass. Being this was a rye, I prepared for the arrival of rye spices. They were there but not overly boisterous and attention seeking but still firmly making a statement. There’s a nice airiness to the Michter’s Straight Rye with dry oak and grassy notes. It’s also sweet and fruity thanks to the presence of vanilla and cherries.
The sipping part brings an “at-the-same-time” sweet and spicy delivery. The rye spices and hand in glove with brown sugar sweetness. Corn underscores the sweetness but also there, a little dryness with hints of hickory. The spiciness again isn’t abrasive or rough. It has a nice, polished feel to it. Yet, with the rye being front and centre, the finish doesn’t burn, nor does it overstay its invitation. It burns bright but not hot and stays around for a medium finish then bids you goodbye.
Michter’s produces some interesting whiskies including Small Batch Sour Mash expression, a Small Batch Unblended American Whiskey (Made from previously used barrels.), and a limited edition Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash.
My Michter’s Rye came from Lot number 21C1031 and was bottled a smidge above the 40% abv at 42.5%. It’s not a lot of heat but then again, I wasn’t in the throes of winter. A liquid whiskey parka would have been overkill. One more interesting thing, I made it all the way through this review without one Dad Whiskey Pun. Michterious indeed. Cheers.
Nose: Rye spices, dry oak, grassy notes, cherries, and vanilla.
Taste: Rye, corn, brown sugar, and hickory.