Nov 8, 2013

Michter’s US*1 Unblended American Whiskey

While I absolutely love beer, it’s not always my drink of choice on some evenings. When the night calls for a little something to sip on, I prefer a nice bourbon/whiskey — usually of the single-barrel variety, though Knob Creek seems to be my go-to as of late. And while I’ve posted a few tidbits of news and notes regarding this other realm of drinking, it’s been quite some time since I’ve been giving the opportunity to sample a beverage measured in proof over ABV. Enter Michter’s US*1 Unblended American Whiskey.

Now, since US*1 isn’t a straight bourbon (or rye for that matter) it doesn’t need to conform to some of the limitations that its brethren need abide by. For instance, as a whiskey, it’s mashbill doesn’t have certain requirements, nor does it have to age in new barrels. Master Distiller Willie Pratt employs previously used bourbon barrels (which specific brand was not disclosed) in which to age this smooth drinking whiskey. The result is a spirit that not only carries it’s own characteristics, but those of the bourbon that previously slumbered in the barrels that Mr. Pratt selected.

Michter’s US*1 (my sample is from Batch 13J294) drinks lightly and smoothly with excellent flavor and body. It’s a whiskey that can be enjoyed at just about any time of year, regardless of the seasonal temperament. I tend to enjoy bourbon/whiskey more often on those nights in the colder months, but with a spirit like Michter’s US*1, I can see myself enjoying it more often in warmer seasons, as well.


Regardless of whether you enjoy your whiskey neat, with a splash of water or with a couple of ice cubes as I did at the time of this review, Michter’s US*1 pours with a wonderfully rich amber color.

Michter's US*1 Unblended Whiskey photo


I love the smell that wafts off the top of the glass. Vanilla, wood and caramel dominate as peppery alcohol tingles the nose.


The first sip of US*1 reminded me almost immediately of Bernheim’s Wheat Whiskey — not so much in taste, but in it’s rather delicate nature. This is not a whiskey for fans of robust, full-flavored spirits. Now, that’s not to say US*1 is devoid of anything interesting. Again, much like Bernheim’s, US*1 has plenty to offer to the palate. Plenty of caramel and a decent sweetness arrive first with hints of oak, corn and vanilla that give way smoothly to a spicy rye-like bite. This is an easy drinking whiskey you can sip on through the night.


Michter’s US*1 Unblended American Whiskey isn’t the most dynamic or overly complex whiskey I’ve encountered, but I do thoroughly enjoy it’s smoothness and approachable nature. It’s a whiskey with good flavor, a stellar aroma and easy drinking presence. It’s delicate without feeling fragile and presents itself as a wonderfully crafted whiskey. If you’re in the mood for something other than a beer that’s been bourbon barrel aged, how about an unblended whiskey that’s been similarly aged?

Rating: 3.75/5

This is a review of a promotional sample from a marketing agency representing the distillery.

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