Michter’s US*1 Unblended American Whiskey

Kentucky, USA


ABV:   41.7%

Price:  £50.96



1753   - first US distillery – Shenk’s

1850s - became Bomberger’s

1919   - prohibition – distillery closed but reopened after prohibition repealed

1950s - Distillery owner created Michter brand – from the names of his two sons, Michael & Peter

1989   - US whiskey industry downturn > bankruptcy

1990   - Brand repurchased and new premises opened in Kentucky

Today - now have three locations in Kentucky



  • Made in small batches – max of 20 barrels
  • Technically not bourbon due to its ageing in previously used bourbon-soaked barrels as opposed to new oak
  • Casks are ‘heat cycled’ during maturation to raise and lower the temperatures in the barrel warehouses to induce extra cycles within a given year. This practice is extremely costly because heat cycling significantly increases the "Angel Share" evaporation during aging, but in most cases enhances the flavour of the whiskey

 Taste summary:

Very fruity and sweet, toffee and butterscotch, enlivened by toasty notes and a hint of vanilla and dried fruit.


Pronounced candied sweetness - like Fruit Salad sweets, along with subtle peachiness, barrel-char notes and a faint buttery note. Sweet cinnamon and nutmeg and also a hint of fresh menthol and candied orange peel.


Soft mouthfeel, with a good balance between sweet spice and gentle fruitiness. The spiciness takes charge, accompanied by notes of barrel char and a pleasant note of leather and tobacco, but there’s more than enough toffee and butterscotch notes to sweeten things up. Very easy drinking.


Well balanced, with the sweet spices gently fading.