In Spring 2015, Michter’s released a barrel-strength rye whiskey, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was one of my favorite rye whiskies of the year, of the “semi-easily-obtainable” variety. That limited release is bottled in batches. As part of their standard lineup, Michter’s offers a single barrel rye whiskey, which is what we’re looking at here.
Bottled at an easy-going 84.8 proof, Michter’s Single Barrel Rye is readily available on store shelves. It carries an age statement of “at least thirty six months,” on the back label. Since this is a single barrel release, some barrels may be older than others. My particular sample bottle is from barrel #15F533. A bottle will cost you around $40.
Soft rye grain hits the nose first, along with anise. Sweetness presents itself in the form of caramel candy (think Werther’s Originals) and root beer. Taste-wise, a sweetened rye grain is prominent, all the while cinnamon and ginger tickle the tongue. Some mint and a hint of dark chocolate develop late, and the mint note carries onto the clean finish.
I like this one. Where I found some other Michter’s expressions a little too low on proof, for some reason I think this rye is bottled just right. Maybe it’s the ease of sipping this rye whiskey. I’m used to 90 proof and higher rye whiskies, and this provides a different experience. Plus, the clean minty finish is a nice touch and very welcome.