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Bottling NameMichters US 1 American Whiskey
Bottled ByKentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd. Bardstown,KY
TypeWhiskey
Alcohol content83.4 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Unknown Duty Free: Not Available Europe: Unknown
Views (since 20080612) 37830
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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 606, Created:20061011224025, Updated:20061012100805)
Purchased at:LeNell's
Purchased for:$30
Info on this bottle:This bottle is Michter's U.S. No. 1 but the bourbon version, by which I take it, it is the same mash as the unblended whiskey but aged in new charred wood only
Proof Of this Bottle:91.4
Nose:Complex, with an overlay of something camphor-like (in an appealing way)
Taste:Sweetness comes first, a concentrated quality, then corn and wood smoke flavors with rye underpinning. There is a definite connection to Michter's U.S. No. 1 Unblended American Whiskey but the new charred barrel makes the bourbon version a superior product in my view.
Finish:Lingering, wood decay is probably the most prominent element but mingled with sweetness of a maple syrup-like quality
Overall:Very good product. I wonder if this might have been (wherever aged) a Heaven Hill distillate, it has the big body and complex, camphor-like taste of the rye-recipe bourbon of HH but if anything more refined than in most HH offerings. It reminds me quite a bit of Henry McKenna Single Barrel, but also of VOB; withal it has "Bardstown" written all over it and that's good. To wit this is fine, old-fashioned bourbon. Although no age is stated and there is (or has been) a 10 year old Michter's bourbon on the market, this undated version shows considerable age too, I doubt it is under 8-10 years old and there may be yet older bourbon blended into it. Anyone on the board from Chatham Imports? It would be interesting to know how this was put together. But it is good stuff, worth the brass.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 415, Created:20060318073203)
Purchased at:Bourbon's Bistro Bar
Purchased for:5.00
Info on this bottle:Standard bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:83.4
Nose:Caramel apples and vanilla with very sweet burnt sugar.
Taste:Corn and vanilla with a little leather.
Finish:Short and sweet.
Overall:Nice whiskey for an old fashioned.

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Review from abcgroup (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 222, Created:20050721104636, Updated:20050724114852)
Purchased at:Minks (Marietta, GA)
Purchased for:$30
Info on this bottle:Batch 4D4
Nose:I concur with Mark. The nose on this is simply stellar. It smells like caramel and vanilla and very much like it. (I often think many other reviewers have go-go-gadget noses when they smell asparagus or oranges, etc.) Anyway, this stuff really does smell like candied almonds, a truly great nose.
Taste:Hhhhmmm....this is tough, the taste is nice, really smooth. It's somewhat sweet and tastes heavy on the caramel. There is no burn though...none. Not a bourbon for those who enjoy robust and/or dynamic flavors.
Finish:It's just simply smooth...and then the flavor disappears, as if you weren't ever drinking whiskey. I guess this could be perceived as nice to some but I like bourbon for both its taste AND it's finish...this one basically has no real finish per se.
Overall:Overall, I'd say that this is the Jameson of KY Bourbons. It's smooth like an Irish whiskey, and has no burn to make you think it's a bourbon. I recommend this to those who don't drink bourbon regularly, or I'd recommend it to those who enjoy bourbon, but want a light night cap.

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Review from Mark (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 33)
Purchased at:Winfield-Flynn
Purchased for:$28
Info on this bottle:Michters Batch No. 3E2
Nose:The nose is one of the most beautiful things about this whiskey. Immediately upon uncorking the bottle the aromas jump out at you. First I detected butter, almost like buttered popcorn. Upon continued sniffing and a bit more swirls in the glass it really opened up and gave way to almonds, almost those candies sweet almonds with that sugary coating that you can get at street fairs and carnivals. Also noticed were hints of vanilla in the background. Definitely different than any bourbon I have ever tried
Taste:Heres where unfortunately my untrained palate came into play. I have a hard time putting into words what is going on here. I taste corn, almost in a whitedog sort of way but not with that alcohol burn in the mouth. This is one sweet smooth sipping whiskey. I really enjoyed letting this one sit in my mouth a bit longer than normal, slowly allowing it to roll back and forth from the tip of my tongue to the back of my mouth. I can still make out a rich almost buttery-vanilla taste with all the sweetness that was in the nose
Finish:I found it to be rather smooth with little burn Very little. Keep in mind, it is a relatively low proof whiskey compared to what I am used to but still, for the rich bouquet it has, you would think it is a much higher proof bourbon
Overall:This is one truly unique product. You have to remember this is not a product of the now gone Michters in PA so dont try and relate it to Hirsch or anything like that. I was skeptical at first as to how good something could really be that was made in reused bourbon barrels and bottled at a low proof. I personally enjoy higher proof bourbons. But for the price, wonderful nose and smooth sweet taste this whiskey has I would probably get another bottle sometime down the road and suggest to others if they have the chance to find a bottle for under $30 give it a try yourself. I think you will be just as surprised as I was.

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