Michter’s is proud to honour a historical legacy going back to the founding of America’s first whiskey company in 1753. Originally known as Shenk's and later as Bomberger's, the whiskey company which ultimately became known as Michter's was founded by John Shenk, a Swiss Mennonite farmer, in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. In its earliest days, Shenk's produced whiskey from rye grain, a favorite local crop in the Pennsylvania Blue Mountain Valley where the distillery was located. According to Pennsylvania historical lore, this particular rye whiskey was so valued that when the Revolutionary War broke out, General George Washington visited the distillery and purchased whiskey to fortify his men as they hunkered down in their camp through the long, brutal winter at Valley Forge. Over 200 years later the Michter's Pennsylvania management would say Michter's was "the whiskey that warmed the American Revolution."
The US*1 expressions, so named to honour Michter’s heritage harkening back to America’s first whiskey company, consist of some of the finest single barrel and truly small batch whiskeys available. Distilled to Master Distiller Pam Heilmann’s exacting specifications, no US*1 whiskey is ever released until Pam and the Michter’s tasting panel deems it ready.
Unlike Bourbon or Rye, which, by definition, must be aged in new oak barrels, Michter's US*1 Unblended American Whiskey is aged in a way that utilizes whiskey-soaked barrels to achieve a rich and unique flavour profile. In late 2013, then Master Distiller Willie Pratt agreed to re-release the US*1 Unblended American Whiskey after a nearly three-year absence from the market, deeming it to be “just right” and also “the best it’s ever been.” Crucially, their US#1 Unblended American Whiskey never contains any grain neutral spirits – hence its “unblended” distinction.
This whiskey has plenty of deep butterscotch and vanilla notes, hints of caramel and dried fruit, with a ripened fruit finish.