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Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Rye Hits Shelves This Month

Michter’s Distillery this month is releasing this year’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye.

In a prepared statement, Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco said, “We released the first toasted barrel whiskey of any American distillery in 2014 because we loved the unique taste profile. At the time, we had no idea that it would create a new whiskey category for people to enjoy.”

And that’s where Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson comes in, as she oversees the special aging protocol of Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye.

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye 2023
Michter’s Distillery this month is releasing this year’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye. (image via Michter’s)

“Our Master Distiller Dan McKee and I first select fully matured barrels of our US*1 Rye,” she explained. “Then we transfer each of those rye barrels for finishing into a second barrel, made of special wood naturally air-dried and seasoned outdoors for 24 months and toasted to our specifications, but not charred.”

Master Distiller McKee said the average barrel proof for the toasted rye barrels bottled for this year’s release is 54.45% ABV, 108.9 proof. The special release has a suggested retail price of $120 for a 750ml bottle in the U.S.

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