Michter's Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon

About a year ago, I published this post about Michter's Whiskey, which examines the history of the original distillery in Schaefferstown, PA, the evolution of the brand, and happenings at the current distillery in Louisville. The first post led to several phone conversations with Joe Magliocco, the owner of Chatham Imports (i.e. the parent company of Michter's Distillery, LLC). Joe ultimately invited me to tour the new Michter's distillery in historic Shively, which I did during a trip to Kentucky for Easter last year. It is a beautiful, modern facility manned by expert whiskey men and women.

Michter's continues to intrigue me. It polarizes the whiskey nerds I know like no other brand. But even if you think the company unfairly leverages the original history, there is no dispute that today's Michter's produces delicious whiskey. And as I have come to believe, but for the new company's efforts, we would not be talking about the old company at all. It's a great American story. 

Over the last year, I reviewed seven distinct Michter's whiskeys on the blog:

Michter's US*1 Bourbon
Michter's Unblended American Whiskey
Michter's Barrel Strength Rye (108.4 proof)
Michter's Barrel Strength Rye (111.8 proof)
Michter's 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
Michter's 10 Year Old Single Barrel Rye
1970's Michter's Whiskey made the original distillery in Schaefferstown, PA

Below is a review of my eighth Michter's whiskey, a bottle of the 2015 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon, found on a shelf in South Carolina for $50. The product features standard Michter's bourbon transferred for additional aging into custom made "toasted" barrels made from wood staves that have been cured for 18 months. Also in the category are bourbons like

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and Prichard's Double Barreled Bourbon. Cheers!

Michter's Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon
Michter's Distillery/Chatham Imports
91.4 proof
$50 at Southern Spirits in Fort Mill, SC 

Color: Rich, medium amber with an orange hue.

Nose: Very pleasant. Sweet cherry pie, old-fashioned wax candy, almond extract, and that bright lumber smell converge for a nice nosing experience.

Tasting Notes: Dark cherry, chocolate, chewy caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and a little black pepper in the finish. Drinks a little more powerful than 91.4 proof.

Overall: A-. Very nice sipping whiskey. When sipped blind against WR Double Oaked and Prichard's, Toasted Barrel won the night with 2/3 trusted sippers.

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