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Michter’s Rolls Out Its US*1 Barrel Strength Rye For 2022

Michter’s, known for its limited production Kentucky whiskey offerings that include bourbon, rye, sour mash whiskey, and American whiskey, has announced the 2022 debut of its core US*1 Barrel Strength Rye. Shipment to distributors and importers begins this month.

Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye is a single barrel product, and the average proof of the barrels in this March 2022 release is 111.6 proof. The process for releases like this from Michter’s is overseen by Master Distiller Dan McKee and Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson.

“Our barrel strength whiskey is always stunning, and this release continues to deliver a bold experience with layers of sweetness and spice along with gentle oak maturity,” said Wilson in a prepared statement.

Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye (2022)
Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye (2022) (image via Michter’s)

McKee added, “At Michter’s, we’ve put out some terrific Barrel Strength Rye over the years. Personally, I love this 2022 release for its richness, complexity and depth. It’s a perfect representation of our Michter’s house style.”

The suggested retail price in the United States is $100 for a 750ml bottle of Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye.

“Dan and Andrea are our ultimate gatekeepers,” stated Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco. “They’ve continued the tradition set by our late Master Distiller Willie Pratt and our Master Distiller Emerita Pam Heilmann of not releasing something unless they feel the whiskey is just right.”

Limited official tasting notes make mention of spice with peppery notes, citrus, butterscotch and oak. The rye whiskey is aged in fire charred, new American white oak barrels.

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