Michters 10 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Spirits Worth Raising

Michters 10 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey

In the 18th century, a Swiss Mennonite farmer by the name of John Shenk settled his family near Pennsylvanias Blue Mountain Valley. Within a few years, Shenk was harvesting more grains that he could sell, and so he began distilling the excess grains into whiskey. Shenks distillery, which was eventually named Michters Distillery, became the United States first distilling company. Just two decades after Shenk opened the doors to his distillery, General George Washington began purchasing Michters Distillery Whiskey in order to fortify his men as they camped through a long and brutal winter at Valley Forge. Michters Distillery, as the saying goes, was the whiskey that warmed the American Revolution. The passage of Prohibition in 1919 forced Michters Distillery, along with nearly every other distillery in the United States, to close. In the early 1990s however, Joseph J. Magliocco teamed up with Richard Newman in an effort to resurrect the brand. "When we set up our whiskey program for Michters Distillery," says Magliocco, "Dick and I wanted to get back to the "cost be damned roots and produce the finest whiskey possible. Our goal was to show that whiskey made in the United States could be the equal of great whiskey made anywhere in the world."Michters Distillery 10 Year Old Bourbon is the brainchild of master distiller Willie Pratt. Pratt, a maturation perfectionist with over forty years of distilling experience, is known as "Dr. No" since he often refuses to bottle aging barrels of whiskey. According to Pratt, whiskey that is aged for over a decade hits a "fork in the road," and can either become incredible or unpalatable. "One of the barrels we sampled was unbelievably woody," Magliocco says. "And we reject that, we literally sewer it. Willie had another barrel that tasted delicious, but the consistency was like molasses, and we obviously couldnt sell that."Michters Distillery 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon is a sourced bourbon that Pratt realized had hit its peak. The single barrel bourbon has a dark caramel color, along with an aroma of espresso, toffee and whipped cream. Notes of spices predominate on the palate, and are complemented by touches of lemon, grapefruit, molasses and vanilla. The finish is medium-long, with touches of tobacco, old leather and figs.Michters Distillery 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon was named the "Best American Whiskey" by Food and Wine Magazine. Pick up a bottle today!
List Price: $343.99
Product ID: 4083 - SKU: 4083