Michter’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Review

About – “Renowned for rye – America’s oldest whiskey variety – since the earliest days of our history, we take the production of Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Rye extremely seriously. Our Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Rye is made from select American rye grain that is sheared to maximize the extraction of flavor from the grain. Ideal neat or in cocktails, every bottle comes from a single barrel – a unique attribute reflecting our extraordinary commitment to offering Kentucky Straight Rye whiskey of the absolute highest quality at every level of the Michter’s range.” Michter’s is a historical brand that has risen to prominence through heavy investment in both facilities and in the people responsible for crafting their whiskey. Michter’s Single Barrel Rye is bottled at 84.8 proof and is available nationwide for around $45.

Nose – Bright citrus and green apples lead the way for a very clean a refreshing nose. Behind that there is just a touch of honey and a faint spice.

Palate – Loads of green apple carry from the first taste through the mid-palate and is joined by a sweet caramel. A touch of dill comes through on the mid-palate. This finish is short and is dominated by dry oak.

Score – B-

Verdict – The first thing to address here is the low proof. If you are someone who turns their nose towards the sky when presented with a sub 100 proof pour then walk on by because this isn’t for you. The flavors are nice and play very well together, but they don’t jump out punch you in the mouth. Because of the low proof Michter’s Single Barrel Rye also doesn’t carry a lot of heat that you usually find in rye. What they have done here is create a fantastic gateway rye for the bourbon drinker. You get the classic caramel notes of a bourbon and also the fruit and a touch of the dill that you find in many ryes. Overall this is an enjoyable pour and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a low proof pour.

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