Unlike Bourbon or Rye, which, by definition, must be aged in new oak barrels, US*1 unblended whiskey is aged in a way that utilizes second-use bourbon barrels to achieve a distinctive flavour profile. In late 2013, Michter’s Master Distiller agreed to re-release this specialty after a nearly three-year absence from the market, deeming it “just right” and “the best it’s ever been.” Matured in bourbon soaked barrels, no neutral grain spirits are included in this blend. Tasting note: [BATCH L14B98 tasted] Amber / brassy gold. Quite rye-like with attractive and powerful scents of stewed apple, cinnamon, vanilla and peppermint tea. This is initially restrained in the mouth but builds with concentrated, semi sweet, spicy rye-like flavours – think stewed apple and a touch of Fisherman’s Friend lozenge. Finish is dry, balancing nicely with the mid palate flavours which persist at length, rounded off by some late sweetness. Lovely stuff.