Guest Review: Michter's US 1 Whiskey
We haven't done a guest review in a while, so we're excited to drop this great review of Michter's. As usual, the only problem we have with this review is that we didn't get to drink it, but we've had the stuff before and thought it kicked some serious arse.
Thanks for the reivew, Carlos.
Michters US 1 American Whiskey
Typical Price: ~$30 - $40
84 Proof (42% ABV)
The Look: The bottle is nothing to crow about but it has a classy navy blue label with the batch number written on the neck. What really matters though is the booze, which has a handsome deep-bronze color. Saliva began to gather in the corners of my mouth in anticipation.
The Nose: First whiff - caramel, a bit of brown sugar too. Sweetness is sometimes my enemy but I spent a lot of time with my nose jammed in my glass - this stuff has a great stink.
The Taste: Served straight up - sweet, but not overpowering with hints of brown sugar and melted butter. The finish is super smooth - nearly no burn to speak of. When served with a single ice cube and a drop of water things went from sweet to sweeter (in a good way) - now I was tasting maple syrup and honey. I tried making a bourbon highball with ginger ale but it made my teeth hurt. A Manhattan was a different story - absolutely delicious, no cherry needed. Here's why this booze is a true hero: its sweetness will save you the embarrassment of having to hold a drink with fruit in it.
The Verdict: It's great deal for the money - mellow and sweet, it's a nice excuse to skip dessert or make a superb late night toddy. Also makes a fine introduction to the world of bourbon for the uninitiated with little damage to the wallet. Sweet isn't usually high on my list when it comes to bourbon, but this bottle was drained well ahead of the others on my shelf.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at April 14, 2009 6:14 PM