The 2020 release of the Michter’s Shenk Homestead release, a rye-forward expression that builds upon the flavvour profile of their 2019 release.
The 2019 release used a proportion of chinquapin oak, a species of white oak tree native to North America known as Quercus muehlenbergii. This 2020 release uses a higher proportion of the oak in maturation, which has been naturally air dried for three years.
It is understood that the chinquapin brings out fruit and tannin in the spirit.
Michter's Master Of Maturation Andrea Wilson told Whisky Magazine, "It’s a very interesting tree to work with and while we’re still learning all the different things we can get from it, chinquapin imparts an incredibly rich profile.
“It’s comparably priced to American white oak, but it’s a little bit more expensive simply because the loggers don’t really like to work with it. The tree doesn’t grow particularly straight so it makes it more difficult to harvest, and the cooperages have difficulty working with it.”
Dubbed a ‘Sour Mash’ as the mash bill contains neither the minimum 51% rye or 51% corn to be called rye or bourbon.
Bottled at 45.6% it’s a Kentucky sipper, the rye prominent in flavour but the overall experience quite gentle.
The Shenk series from Michter’s Legacy range pays homage to John Shenk, who founded the Shenk’s distillery in 1753. It would later become Bomberger’s, spiritual home of modern-day Michter’s.
Small allocation into Australia.
Official Tasting Notes:
Nose: Notes of burnt orange peel set against rich creme brulee.
Palate: Luxurious mouth feel with warm baking spices and hints of cardamom up front. Followed by honeyed oak with a touch of cherry.
Finish: Substantial and long lasting with some spice.