Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye

  • Distiller: Michter’s
  • Spirit: Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Aged: Unstated
  • Proof: 108.8
  • Purchase Price: $89.99

From the Distiller: “While our Michter’s team distills according to tried and true Kentucky practices, it continually experiments as it pursues Michter’s goal of making the greatest American whiskeys. Following years of research on different barrel finishes for Rye whiskey, we are proud to offer this release of our Michter’s US1 Toasted Barrel Rye. To make it we take our US1 Kentucky Straight Rye at barrel strength and then age it for an additional period in a second custom barrel. This second barrel is assembled from 24 month air-dried wood and then toasted to our specifications. The result is a unique Rye whiskey that we take pride in offering to you.”


Review & Score


Nose: The nose is wonderful and full with notes of dried fruit, fresh cut wood, and weirdly enough fresh vegetation. It’s a very earthy scent with an aroma that makes you feel like you should be sitting outside in the countryside just as the sun rises. 

Palate: Singed brown sugar and dried cherry starts off the taste with a cinnamon butterscotch toffee note which follows. 

Body: Bold and flavorful. 

Finish: Toasty oak notes peak through with rye and vanilla. 

Conclusion: We thoroughly enjoyed this pour. It’s strong and bold, but not overly-spicy for the proof. It’s one that has enough sweetness to balance the boldness of the proof and the rye. Overall, it’s not what we expected, but definitely keeps up with the rapport and deliciousness that Michter’s toasted barrel releases have come to be known for. We’d definitely pick up a bottle if you happen to run into one at an affordable price.