Michter's US*1 Bourbon Toasted Barrel Finish
Michter's // Kentucky, USA
This version of the Michter's US*1 Bourbon series has two different maturation steps: the whiskey is first aged in the typical new charred oak barrels, then given an additional amount of time in a custom made toasted barrel. The barrels themselves are "cured" by 18 months of air-drying and toasted, as opposed to charred (burnt all the way.)
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew charred oak/toasted oak
"This is an intense bourbon, more like a Tennessee whiskey. The additional toasting seems to enhance the flavor of the char of the first oak aging rather than mellow it, giving it a big smokey flavor, and the usual corn sweetness inherent in bourbon becomes almost hoppy in character. There are many beer drinkers out there who complain that bourbon is too sweet for them. This would actually be a great one to present to them, as the finish is so similar in character to an IPA. Hello beer and shot pairing!"