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Michter's Barrel Strength Rye (2016, 111.8 proof)

Joseph J. Magliocco

Last October, we purchased and reviewed a bottle of Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye (108.4 proof). It’s so damn good- powerful but balanced by great flavor. I put it up there with the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Thomas H. Handy Rye (126.9 proof) and the Willett 2 Year Old Rye (also 108.4 proof) as our favorite rye whiskeys of 2015.

In March, I spent a day at the Michter’s distillery in Louisville, a rare opportunity to check out what the future holds for Joe Magliocco, Willie Pratt, and their team in Shively. Not long after our visit, Michter’s announced their second release of the barrel strength rye whiskey and kindly sent me a bottle to review. The second batch will clock in between 110.2 and 114.8 proof.

Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye (111.8 proof)

Chatham Imports/Michter’s Distillery
111.8 proof
$75 MSRP*

Color: Medium caramel with an orangey glow.

Nose: Citrusy and sweet, the nose is led by lemon and orange peel, but more decadent aromas of brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla extract open up with air. This rye is almost dessert like it’s so sweet and inviting.

Tasting Notes: The palate follows the nose, but has a spicy kick. Orange, honey, caramel, and prickly rye spice coat the tongue. The burn and finish are more modest than batch #1, but that is not to say it’s a modest whiskey.

Overall: A. A near perfect balance of sweet, rich flavor and spicy rye heat.

Source: http://www.bourbonscout.com/2016/05/michters-barrel-strength-rye-2016-1118.html?view=classic

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