Michter's Set To Drop Its 2019 US*1 Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash

Michter’s Set To Drop Its 2019 US*1 Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey

By Nino Marchetti / March 21, 2019

One of the crowd favorites of the range of American whiskeys Kentucky-based Michter’s has to offer is its US*1 Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey. The 2019 iteration of it is set to debut, and looks to be a single barrel product.

The Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey (2019), according to those behind it, is both of barrel strength and of single barrel origin. This thus results in the average proof for this release being 110.8 proof. According to Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco, the idea to offer a barrel strength rye came from tasting different barrel samples at the distillery. “We would be sampling barrels of Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Rye before putting them to bottling proof, and people would say, ‘Wow! This is really good,'” said Magliocco in a prepared statement.

Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey (2019)

Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 2019 (image via Michter’s)

“Since I joined Michter’s,” added Michter’s Master Distiller Pamela Heilmann, “I’ve developed a greater appreciation of how good American Rye can be. I think this US*1 Barrel Strength Rye is really exceptional.”

As it stands now, plans call for this barrel strength rye to be released in April at a price point of around $75 per 750 ml bottle. Limited official tasting notes as put forth by Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson suggest that “the increased corn and malted barley used in the rye recipe really allows the barrel to transform the product into a super smooth, rich and complex rye whiskey with an elegance on the palate.”