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Michter's US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Overview

As a bourbon enthusiast, I was excited to try Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon. This small-batch bourbon has an intriguing backstory and production process that piqued my curiosity. I found the bourbon to be a delightful addition to my collection and enjoyed learning more about what makes it unique.

The first aspect that caught my attention was the fact that the Bourbon is made from 20 barrels, giving it the small-batch distinction. I also discovered that this bourbon has an undisclosed mash bill and uses Michter’s 103 barrel entry proof, which contributes to its distinct flavor profile.

I was particularly interested in Michter’s use of toasted and charred barrels, which are seasoned for 18 months before being used for aging. This custom filtration process brings out the bourbon’s best flavors that make it so enjoyable to sip.

When it comes to the bottling, I noticed that Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is bottled at 91.4 proof (45.7% Alcohol by Volume). The bourbon itself is aged in fire-charred, new American white oak barrels, which adds rich and complex flavors to the final product.

The price point of around $40 for a 750ml bottle is quite reasonable, considering the quality and craftsmanship that goes into each bottle of Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Overview

Product History

This bourbon’s roots can be traced back to the Pennsylvania distillery, which played a significant role during the Revolutionary War. Over time, the distillery relocated to Kentucky, and now operates under Chatham Imports. The spirit has earned a reputation for its small batch production and exceptional taste, which I find to be a testament to the brand’s dedication to quality.

Price Range

When it comes to the price, Michter’s Straight Bourbon is quite reasonable. With a price tag of around $40 [Price: $40] per 750ml bottle, I find it to be a great value for a high-quality spirit. This bourbon is an excellent choice for those who are new to the world of whiskey or as a gift for a whiskey-loving friend or family member (maybe even mom).

Distillation and Production

It is distilled in Louisville, Kentucky. What fascinates me about the production process is the combination of pot stills and column stills used at the facility. Both the copper column pot still and copper pot doubler are crafted by the renowned Vendome Copper & Brass Works, ensuring a top-notch distillation process.

The bourbon is made in limited quantities, with small batch production using just 20 barrels. The spirit is aged in fire-charred, new American white oak barrels, bottled at 45.7% ABV, and has no age statement. One unique aspect of Michter’s US1 production is the utilization of a custom filtration process and a 103 barrel entry proof, which I believe contributes to its distinct flavor profile.

Classification and Tasting Notes

As a Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Michter’s US1 adheres to strict production guidelines and standards. On the nose, I found the bourbon to have a pleasant and straightforward aroma, featuring subtle notes of new oak, corn, grain, and raisins. The palate is predominantly sweet with a satisfying mouthfeel, making it a delightful sipping whiskey or a versatile mixer in cocktails.

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Tasting Notes


Upon nosing Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon, I immediately picked up notes of new oak, corn, grain, and raisins; they all intertwine to create a pleasant and subtle aroma. A hint of vanilla and caramel also emerged, which I found inviting and well-balanced.


Taking my first sip, I discovered a deliciously sweet palate accompanied by a satisfying mouthfeel. Sweet corn, honey, and vanilla were the most prominent flavors I recognized. Further exploration revealed more nuances, as I tasted rich caramel, rye, baking spices, dark chocolate, and a touch of orange oil. This bourbon has an exceptional balance of flavors, making it both enjoyable and intriguing.


Michter’s US1 offers a long and slightly hot finish, with dominant notes of oak, corn, and spice. I also detected a hint of cinnamon and a tiny bit of mint. Despite the heat, the finish is quite pleasing, resting gently on my tongue, encouraging me to take another sip.


When considering its price point (around $46.97 for a 750 mL bottle) and its 45.7% ABV, I find this bourbon to be an excellent value. Its nuanced yet approachable flavors can be appreciated by both seasoned bourbon drinkers and newcomers alike. I would rank Michter’s US1 as a solid 4.5 out of 5, considering its flavor profile, finish, and overall quality.

Some key details about Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon:

  • State of distillation: Kentucky
  • Mash bill: Undisclosed
  • Barrel entry proof: 103
  • Barrel seasoning: Toasted & charred, seasoned for 18 months
  • Bottling strength:4 proof (45.7% Alcohol by Volume)
  • Cooperage: Fire-charred, new American white oak barrels

Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon stands well among other popular bourbons like Eagle Rare and Elijah Craig. Its unique balance of earthy and mellow characteristics, along with its pleasant heat, makes it a bourbon that I highly recommend giving a try.

Mixing and Pairing

Best Mixers

As a fan of Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon, I find that the bourbon’s unique flavors blend well with different mixers. Some of my favorites are:

  • Ginger ale: The spiciness of ginger ale complements the bourbon’s flavors beautifully.
  • Club soda: If you prefer a more refreshing and less sweet option, club soda works well with the bourbon, allowing its robust flavors to shine.
  • Cola: Classic mixer for bourbon and adds a hint of sweetness to balance the spicy notes.
  • Lemonade: For a more citrusy and summery concoction, try mixing Michter’s US1 with lemonade.

Cocktail Suggestions

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Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon can be used as the base for some classic cocktails. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Old Fashioned: Mix the bourbon with sugar, bitters, and a twist of orange peel. The new oak flavors from the bourbon work well in this timeless classic.
  • Whiskey Sour: Combine the bourbon with lemon juice, sugar, and a dash of egg white. This showcases the bourbon’s innate spiciness, creating a zesty and tangy delight.
  • Mint Julep: As a proud resident of the Bluegrass State, I adore this traditional cocktail. Muddle fresh mint leaves, sugar, and Michter’s bourbon, then top it off with crushed ice.

Food Pairings

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When it comes to food pairings, Michter’s US1 bourbon is incredibly versatile. Some of my go-to food pairings include:

  • Grilled Steaks: The robust flavors of the bourbon contrast nicely with the rich, juicy flavors of grilled steak.
  • Dark Chocolate: The bitterness of dark chocolate helps to highlight the bourbon’s spicy notes, creating a delectable combination.
  • Smoked Gouda or aged sharp cheddar: The smokiness and sharpness of these cheeses pair well with the new oak and spicy nuances of the bourbon.
  • BBQ Ribs: The bourbon’s sweetness and spice complement the smoky and tangy flavors of BBQ ribs, creating a truly indulgent experience.

Remember, these are just suggestions! Feel free to experiment and find your own favorite pairings and combinations with Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon.


In my experience with Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon, I found it to be a well-balanced and enjoyable drink. The nose is quite pleasant, offering a light and straightforward combination of new oak, corn, grain, and raisins—all detectable but subtle. The sweetness and good mouthfeel make the palate a true delight.

I appreciate that the bourbon is not an overly aggressive or high-proof whiskey, which makes it suitable for bourbon drinkers who prefer a flavorful pour without the burn. Moreover, its small-batch production and commitment to excellence in every barrel ensure a consistent quality, adding to the overall appeal of this whiskey.

However, it’s worth noting that the price tag might be slightly elevated for some. But when I consider the smoothness and rich flavor profile, I find the investment to be justified for those whiskey aficionados who are willing to spend a bit more on a quality bourbon.

For me, Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is definitely a great addition to any whiskey collection. It can be enjoyed neat or mixed, depending on the occasion or personal preference. Overall (I had to mention it, but just once), it’s a delightful whiskey that I’d recommend giving a try!

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