Michter’s Plans Own Distillery in Louisville
Posted December 16, 2011
The fabled Michter's brand of bourbon and rye finally gets a new home.
Michter's is a whiskey brand that has historical roots that delve back as far as 1753 and includes possible connections to George Washington's wintering his troops at Valley Forge, but it in past decades it hasn't had a home of its own. That is about to change as the current owner of the brand is set begin an $8 million restoration of a building in Louisville, Kentucky, that will distill Michter's as well as acting as a visitor's center.
The original Michter's distillery in Schaefferstown Pennsylvania, was shuttered in 1989, however Bourbon that had been made there continued to be released under the name A.H. Hirsch. In the late 1990s, Michter's American Whiskey Co. of Bardstown, Kentucky, a division of Chatham Imports, bought the trademark and began marketing several straight ryes and Bourbons. However, the whiskey bottled under the Michter's trademark has been sourced through other distilleries so far.
The renovation will restore the Romanesque cast-iron-and-brick Fort Lee building, which dates to the 1870s and is currently boarded up. Neighbors of the building include the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. The distillery will include stills custom made for Michter's by Vendome Copper & Brass Works, a Louisville maker of stills used worldwide. The design of the copper pot stills will made with the input of the master distiller Willie Pratt, whose illustrious whiskey career included the restoration of the Labrot & Graham stillhouse as the current Woodford Reserve distillery.
Of course, it will be some time before we will actually sample the product of the new distillery as Michter's line includes whiskies as old as 10 and 25 years. In the meantime, visitors will be able tour the facilities, which will include a tasting room and gift shop.
THE MANY TASTES OF MICHTER'S
Michter's Small Batch Bourbon
Batch No. 11-159
91.4 proof (45.7 percent alcohol)
Appearance: The color is a deep caramel and its legs are excruciatingly slow.
Nose: The heady nose smacks of maple, caramel toffee vanilla and butterscotch.
Palate: Comes on very sweet and flavorful with notes of maple candy, vanilla and butter scotch, although it remains quite smooth.
Finish: The caramel especially lingers on quite a bit.
Michter's Single Barrel Bourbon 10 Years Old
Barrel No. 110-5
94.4 proof (47.2 percent alcohol)
Appearance: Another deep amber color. Medium-width tear-drop legs take forever to release.
Nose: Again, this whiskey has a very maple bouquet. This time it is joined by hardwood and olive oil.
Palate: The maple candy persists on the palate, where we also find toast, licorice, walnuts, fruit and olive oil. Obviously, a quite complex whiskey.
Finish: Nuts and olive meet fruit on the finish in an interesting combination of savory and sweet.
Michter's Single Barrel Straight Rye 10 Years Old
Barrel No. 9L-2
92.8 proof (46.4 percent alcohol)
Appearance: Medium amber in color, its legs are fat and slow.
Nose: It smells like eucalyptus layered over honey and peach.
Palate: Tastes like an apple pie made with cinnamon and licorice. Eucalyptus returns on the mid palate for a pleasant little ride we're dying to try in a Manhattan.
Finish: The whiskey kind of splays out on the finish, belying its spice front to become a little fruity and sweet.
Michter's Single Barrel Straight Rye 25 Years Old
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