Just a couple of days after a tragic Patriot’s Day, let us harken back to the time of George Washington and his troops fighting off the Brits. At this proud time in American history, we must ask ourselves: what powered these noble patriots?
The answer: Michter’s Sour Mash Whiskey, of course. This Gatorade of the American Revolution has been saucing up winners since the 1700s. Originally a rye brand in Pennsylvania, Michter’s went through hard times following Prohibition, going bankrupt and selling off most of the equipment. Since then, however, Michter’s partnered with Dick Newman and reopened the brand in Kentucky.
What did we gain? Not just rye, but now a whole slew of small-batch whiskeys including, you guessed it, delicious bourbon whiskey.
Michter’s single-barrel and small-batch whiskeys are more expensive than your standard, but everyone seems to agree that it is for a good reason. Master Distiller Willie Pratt explains that Michter’s low-proof barreling and heat-cycled distilling leads to a much larger loss (or Angel’s Share), but ends with a mighty fine whiskey.
“When we set up our whiskey program for Michter’s, Dick and I wanted to get back to the ‘cost be damned’ roots and produce the finest whiskey possible. Our goal was to show that whiskey made in the United States could be the equal of great whiskey made anywhere in the world.”
~ Joe Magliocco, Michter’s President
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Michter’s US 1 Bourbon (84 proof) ~ $42.99 / 750 ml