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Michter’s US 1 Small Batch Bourbon


The Michter’s brand name is a historic one – produced during the middle of the 20th century at the historic Bomberger’s Distillery in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania (where whiskey under many different names had been made since before the US Revolutionary War).

Legends claim George Washington purchased cases of whiskey from the same area that originated Michter’s to give to troops at Valley Forge. This earned it the nickname “The Whiskey that Warmed the American Revolution.”

In December of 2013, they officially joined the Kentucky Distiller’s Association and became part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. With an amber colour, tending to the lighter side, the aroma clearly has some dried fruit on the nose, peach and apricot, with a hint of cinnamon.

The palate is full of sugars and baked goods, while the middle of the tongue gets a hint of peppery spice. This bourbon has a relatively short, dry finish and almost begs for a second taste.

Some lingering Graham cracker and honey coalesce towards the end of the finish. Michter’s US*1 reminds us of the kind of restaurant you recommend to somebody you don’t know very well who’s looking for a nice meal.

It’s inarguably delicious, and free of any potentially divisive characteristics. There’s no challenge here, just pleasure, and while it may not inspire the kind of devotion that comes from loving something others don’t (see: Islay single malts, cult film classics), it’s extremely enjoyable all the same.

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