American By Nino Marchetti / July 9, 2019 The Michter’s distillery, as we wrote about back in May, saw a changing of the guard recently at its master distiller position. Former master distiller Pamela Heilmann gave way to new master distiller and protege Dan McKee. It is under the latter’s watch that the 2019 edition of Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Rye has been released.The 2019 Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye, according to those behind it, is anticipated to be the only such release of this bottling this year by this distillery due to “whiskey shortages.” It is also the first helmed by McKee, who already has a long pedigree working under Heilmann in managing whiskey releases.“In my years at Michter’s, I’ve seen how incredibly focused our previous Master Distillers Pam Heilmann and Willie Pratt have been on waiting to release whiskey till it was just right,” said McKee in a prepared statement. “Working with our Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson, I will continue that tradition of only releasing whiskey that makes us extremely proud.”The 2019 Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Rye (image via Michter’s)“Of course,” added Wilson, “the mashbills for our rye whiskeys include the distinctive rye grain by definition, but they also include a good amount of corn and malted barley resulting in a rich rye with layers of delicious flavor that complement the spice notes in the whiskey.”As it stands now plans call for the Michter’s rye to be available starting this month for around $160 per 750 ml bottle. There was no specific mention of how many bottles were being released. It should be noted as well Michter’s opened its new second distillery in the historic Fort Nelson building in downtown Louisville, Kentucky earlier this year, giving the brand a physical tourism presence for the first time.