Nose: stone fruit, spice notes, with floral notes and a light oak.
Palate: You are greeted with the caramel, corn and fruit notes early. As you hold the whiskey in your mouth there is a numbing astringency similar to that of mouthwash (in effect but certainly not taste) as the spice note grows. Michter’s does not release their mash bills, but I’ve been told by sources who would know that it tiptoes right up to the line that would make it a rye, without going over.
Finish: You feel the sweetness of the initial taste slowly morphing into a hotter rye finish but that rye note doesn’t overwhelm the fruit notes and floral notes of the start.
The US1 Sour Mash is bottled at 86 proof (43% abv). It’s a good addition to one’s whiskey collection, and makes for a great option as part of a bourbon based cocktail or to have on its own. That blend of bourbon corn and oak sweetness tempered by a high rye content makes for a versatile whiskey that can suit many a mood.