While Just Mike had to call out sick for this review, I was joined by the always beautiful (even when sick), Wonder Woman.
It was kind of fitting to have her join me since Michters is actually run by women. The master distiller is Pamela Heilman and the master of maturation is Andrea Wilson.
Michters Toasted Barrel is a limited release bourbon that is essentially their standard bourbon that has a second aging finish. They finished the bourbon in brand new toasted american white oak barrels for 26 days.
The wood for the second maturation was air dried for 18 months before being used. They then toast it over an open flame for 60 minutes.
Their bourbon goes into the original barrel at 103% abv (rather low) that has a #3 char level.
The bourbon then gets bottled at 45.7% abv.
The representative I dealt with from Michters said that they don't disclose the mash-bill and wouldn't confirm or deny the percentages I've found on other websites. So, while completely unconfirmed, the mash-bill I've seen floating around the interwebs is as follows;
I inquired about the speculation that Michters is a sourced whiskey and was given this answer to explain it in simple terms. There were 3 phases of Michters.
Phase 1 they used sourced whiskey that they bottled and sold to raise revenue.
Phase 2 Pamela Heilman was distilling the product herself but using a distillery that Michters does not own. Essentially it's like renting the equipment but you're still doing all the work yourself, which is vastly different than sourced whiskey. This Toasted Barrel is from phase 2.
Now they are in Phase 3, which means they are currently distilling and aging their own distillate in their very own distillery.
While I don't know when we will see this distillate hitting the shelves, at least we know they do have their own distillery that they are currently working out of, I'm looking forward to seeing how it affects the final product. (Even when using the same recipe the different stills and location can and most likely will, affect the final product)
The retail price of this is around $60 which is a somewhat fair price. Even though this is a NAS whiskey.
The unfortunate part is that whiskey flippers are trying to get insane prices on the secondary market in excess of $200 for this. You will never see or hear me support secondary pricing and there is no exception here.
You can check out our video review below:
As a fan of scotch and other whiskeys I was tired of looking up reviews for new whiskeys that just oozed of snobbery. I wanted to create an outlet for average Joe's who don't have a sommelier palate. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, I moved to San Diego, California in 2010 with my wife. I'm also a fan of MMA, pro-wrestling, comic books, video games and strongman. All subjects are topic for discussion on the podcast.
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