- Distillery: Michter’s Distillery
- Spirit: Unblended Whiskey
- Aged: Varied (by taste of Master Distiller Dan McKee)
- Proof: 83.4 proof
- Purchase Price: $42.99
From the Distiller: “ Unblended American Whiskey is aged in a way that utilizes whiskey-soaked barrels to achieve a rich and unique flavor profile. In late 2013, then Master Distiller Willie Pratt agreed to re-release our US1 Unblended American Whiskey after a nearly three-year absence from the market, deeming it “just right” and “the best it’s ever been.” Crucially, our US1 Unblended American Whiskey never contains grain neutral spirits – hence its “unblended” distinction.”
Nose: Steamed oak, damp leaves, new leather, sweet creamed corn
Palate: Charred oak, charcoal, torched sugar, rye, leather, burnt corn
Body: Mild and smooth
Finish: cream corn, toasted oak, charcoal
Conclusion: This is what I expect an American Whiskey to be. It claims the core flavors of what a whiskey should be. You get a whiskey that is a little thin, but still easily able to be parsed into what you are smelling and tasting. It’s that, paired with a minimal heat level that make this whiskey such a pleasure. At the price, this would make a fine casual pour on most days, and it mixes well in an old fashioned, though, we like lemon more than orange with this particular whiskey as the acidity cuts nicely and adds a pop.
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.