Michter's Barrel Proof Straight Rye 2019 (111.2 Proof) Barrel 19C464 (750ml)

Regular price $124.98

The Bourbon Review

Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye is a Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey and is bottled at barrel strength rather than the 84.8 proof alcohol level of Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Rye. The barrel entry proof for the product was 103 proof, in hopes of yielding a richer, smoother product than a higher entry proof would.

Most of the barrels had a proof of between 108 to 110.8 proof when dumped, but one barrel did come in a little higher reaching a strength of 113 proof.

“Whenever we would sample right out of the US*1 Rye barrels, we loved the whiskey. We thought that our loyal Single Barrel Rye customers would enjoy tasting some at barrel strength,” said Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco...

Held to the sun, the whiskey was a dark amber color, with bits of char rocking on the bottom of the glass as tiny tides swept them back and forth.

At that point in the morning, with a single breakfast cocktail under my belt (it was a Friday don’t judge me), the unfiltered whiskey was powerfully raw, bright, oily, and it clung to the corners of my mouth. It was hot—barrel strength, after all—but the heat quickly subsided, revealing layers of sugar flavors, depths of cool oak and vanilla character, and an aromatic vapor that was thick in my sinuses, and warm as I blew it out through my nostrils. It was warming on that cold day.

That exhale—the one after my first swallow—left a long lingering finish with decadent flavors. It was like rich caramel over creamed corn, and a dry, spicy wave of rye’s earthy, domineering character at the climax.