October 6, 2014

Even Alf has come back down to earth.

We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcasting to bring you back down to earth. We know, our faithful readers, that you enjoy our whiskey porn – almost as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. But this review is a bit of a spin on missionary in comparison to our usual illicit romps. And sometimes, that’s all you need to get you in the mood. Therefore, we bring you the latest release from our friends at Michter’s – the US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon.

This might be controversial (so I won’t speak for hubby), but I’ve never really met a Michter’s I didn’t like. Seriously. As far as I’m concerned, it’s an old standard in whiskey market – bourbon and rye, to be exact. And the Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon is no exception. For this latest release, Michter’s aged their US*1 bourbon per usual, and then transferred the brew to a unique toasted barrel for finishing, which truly adds a little charm to an already lovely specimen. Here’s the story...

Tasting Notes

Nose: Toasty, indeed! Caramel, pecan pie, apples, vanilla and a little cinnamon. A hint of woodsmoke. All of the good stuff you love about the fall.

Taste: Spicier than the nose, but pretty rich. Really enjoyable, pretty smooth, especially given the age profile. More apples on the taste compared to the nose. Also a bit of cinnamon candy, some orange and a hint of almonds.

Finish: Pretty smooth on the finish too. Baked pears, baked goods, just general all around warmth and deliciousness.


I’m sorry to say I had my doubts on this one. I felt like the rebarreling of an already good thing was too much of a gimmick for my taste. But Michter’s, you proved me wrong. This is good stuff. And good timing too! I feel like it’s a perfect addition to my regular fall line up. I know it’s a limited edition, but I kind of wish it could become part of the permanent collection so I could find it whenever I visit my favorite bar. But alas…

Also, we have to admit: we didn’t have any of the original Michters US*1 Bourbon, which would have be fun to taste side by side (hint, hint, Michters).


  1. Tastes like flat Grape Crush soda. It's young, 'new-makeish' raw and immature. No 'straight' on the label is a dead give away. My guess is it's a young Larceny (HH wheated) pulled before it turns two and dumped into said 'special barrel.'

    For a bit more than the price of this bottle, you can buy a mini barrel, some white dog and make your own.

    1. Granted it's not in the class of the 10- or 20-year bourbons, but at $40 we thought it held it's weight with much of what's on the market and brought a little new interesting flavor. To each her/his own!