Michter’s US-1 Kentucky Straight Rye

Michter’s US-1 Kentucky Straight Rye


  • Brand:Michter’s
  • Categories:Rye Whiskey, Whiskey
  • ABV:42.4%
  • Renowned for rye, America’s first whiskey, since our founding in 1753, we take production of every barrel of Michter’s Rye very seriously. Michter’s US-1 Rye is made from select American rye grain that is sheared to enable the saturation of more flavor during fermentation. It is then aged in a heated warehouse. This premium rye has hints of light spice, black pepper, marmalade and plum, spicy grain and light caramel.


Michter’s US-1 Kentucky Straight Rye

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The Michter’s brand has had a storied history. Though not always called Michter’s (it also has gone by the names Bomberger’s, and Pennco at different times), the brand was created in 1753 in Pennsylvania, was the top-selling whiskey in the 1970s and 1980s, went bankrupt in 1989, and then was revived in the 1990s. In 2019, the company opened their own distilling facilities in the historic 1890 Fort Nelson building in downtown Louisville after an 8 year, $8 million renovation of the decrepit building.

Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey is made primarily of rye grains, though the exact amount is undisclosed. Once the grains have been fermented, they are distilled through a copper pot still. The barrels are aged in a heat-cycled warehouse, which forces the wood to expand and contract in a more controlled environment. Michter’s regulates the barrels and eventually decides when the whiskey has reached the company’s desired flavor profile and not necessarily a desired age.

The bottle in review comes from barrel no. 21H2233.


A pleasing introduction of caramel, cherry, and green apple. Additionally, rye spice adds potency, while oak provides a well-rounded base to the aroma. It is nicely constructed, with equal time given to sweet and savory notes driving home the effectiveness of the nose. A surprise opening I wasn’t expecting given the whiskey’s proof

A warming rise of baking spice, caramel, and oak give way to sweet cinnamon buns. A light buttery mouthfeel adds some soft texture before delicate citrus notes move in. The whiskey’s spiciness is kept in check, and while the palate avoids being overly sweet, it definitely leans in that direction. The whiskey’s proof keeps its flavors from being overly potent, instead providing a gentle and soft delivery of flavors. The whiskey is nicely constructed, only hindered by its proof.


The finish turns noticeably dry on its onset. Slowly, a prominent note of gingerbread is introduced before oak and leather take over the finish’s focus. Soft pepper notes linger on the whiskey’s aftertaste keeping in line with the overall tone of the finish. Overall light and accessible, it manages to maintain balance as the finish concludes.


With Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye sporting an 84.8 proof point, it’s rather perplexing as many brands have moved away from the 80 proof range. Michter’s has always gone for the most widespread appeal with their brands, so perhaps this shouldn’t be too surprising. With a noteworthy array of flavors, hitting a 90-100 proof range would have likely put them in an even better spotlight, elevating this rye to a higher level.Michter’s US-1 Kentucky Straight Rye.Where to buy quality Michter’s US-1 Kentucky Straight Rye online USA,Purchase quality Rye Whiskeys online

Taken as is, there’s an inherent degree of approachability to this rye that will likely buck some drinkers’ assumptions about rye whiskey, and it isn’t completely due to the whiskey’s low proof. Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye still features many traditional attributes that are associated with rye whiskeys, but Michter’s has seemingly done everything in their power to round out this rye’s edges. Nothing hits too hard or fast with it. Its rye spice and pepper is quite tame, and where other ryes can rely on fruit to combat this, Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye doesn’t. It’s not even overly sweet either. The question arises: “Just what kind of rye is it?”

While no one attribute stands out about this whiskey, that’s also what makes it partially unique too. It has some fruit notes, but also dry, leathery ones too. It has some sweetness, but also some spicy ones to counter them. Its proof makes it soft and approachable and its slight buttery mouthfeel drives this point home. While no one flavor aspect of Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye will make it easy to pick out in a line up, it’s the whiskey as a whole compared to other more aggressive ryes or other lifeless 80 proof ryes that will ultimately make it stand out (at least a little bit).


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