Michter’s Debuts 2021 US*1 Barrel Strength Rye

Michter's 2021 Barrel Strength Rye

Michter’s will be releasing its 2021 US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey on a national and international basis this March. The Louisville-based brand has not released the bottling nationally since 2019.

“Our team has been turning out some wonderful Kentucky style ryes over the years, and this 2021 release continues that trend,” noted Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco.  Master Distiller Dan McKee added, “I was really happy when we tasted these barrels. This release has so much of what I look for in a rye.”

Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye is a single barrel product, and the average proof of the barrels in the March 2021 release is 110.3 proof. The Rye Whiskey will be priced at $100 for a 750ml bottle. 

“These barrels are at just the right point to highlight the beautiful nuances of a great rye whiskey,” said Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson. “This release is a powerhouse.”

Currently, Michter’s portfolio includes Bourbon, Rye, sour mash Whiskey, and American Whiskey. Currently all types of Michter’s are being allocated because demand exceeds supply. In July 2020, a barrel of Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon set the record for highest auction price paid for a barrel of Bourbon when it sold for $209,462.

In September, Michter’s unveiled the 2020 edition of its US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye Whiskey. It is the Kentucky Distillery’s latest release to feature a toasted barrel finish, following the launch of the US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey in 2019.

Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Rye is made by taking fully matured Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye at barrel strength and then further aging it in a second custom barrel made to the specifications set by Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson. The Whiskey comes in at 54.6% ABV and is priced at $85 per 750 ml bottle.