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  1. #11
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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    If it's not distilling anything then is it still a distillery? Or just a building with a still?

    But seriously folks...from what I've read, their M.O. is to buy bulk whiskey from other distilleries then age, bottle and market it themselves. The only decent whiskey I've had from KBD is Rowan's Creek, which is mighty tasty stuff. Very smooth and sweet. Noah's Mill is an older version of RC, I think. Haven't tried that yet.
    You haven't had any of the Willett's bottlings yet?

    Other brands bottled by them:
    Pure KY XO
    Old Bardstown
    Johnny Drum
    Kentucky Pride
    Kentucky Vintage
    Vintage Bourbon
    Vintage Rye
    Corner Creek
    Peter Jake
    Classic Cask
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    LeNell's Red Hook Rye
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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    You haven't had any of the Willett's bottlings yet?

    Other brands bottled by them:
    Pure KY XO
    Old Bardstown
    Johnny Drum
    Kentucky Pride
    Kentucky Vintage
    Vintage Bourbon
    Vintage Rye
    Corner Creek
    Peter Jake
    Classic Cask
    Black Maple Hill
    LeNell's Red Hook Rye
    No I haven't. I've seen a number of the other brands listed, but I've been too scared or cheap to grab any. Any reccomendations, my hard shelled friend?
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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    No I haven't. I've seen a number of the other brands listed, but I've been too scared or cheap to grab any. Any reccomendations, my hard shelled friend?
    As far as the Willett's Single Barrels go, I won't give a recommendation as I just haven't had all of them, but they do tend to be quite nice and distinctive bottlings.

    But as to the rest, I'd recommend
    Vintage Bourbon 17yo (along with the BMH 17yo)
    Vintage Rye 21yo
    Old Bardstown 10yo 101 (it's now an NAS, but still quite tasty)
    Pure KY XO

    I haven't had the Noah's or Rowan's since they dropped the age statements so I can't speak on those.
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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    I just did a tasting of Rowan's, Kentucky Vintage and Pure Kentucky XO. I liked Pure Kentucky XO the best and didn't care for the other two.

    Pure Kentucky had the taste of an old HH product, much like Elijah Craig 18.

    Kentucky Vintage was very light, possibly a wheater or a very low rye mashbill. I found it a bit soapy and lacking in complexity.

    Rowan's Creek was very heavy on the rye, but it was a bit harsh, particularly for a 12 year old. (Barturtle, the Rowan's I had, which was newly purchased, did have an age statement, did they drop it recently?)

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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    Barturtle, the Rowan's I had, which was newly purchased, did have an age statement, did they drop it recently?
    The age statement seems to have been removed from those bottlings in the last 6-12 months in Louisville.
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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    Josh, while it's true there are some Willet brands the distillery ceased making whiskey in the early 1970s so it's doubtful there is a drop of original Willet in the mingle.

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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    Barturtle has it right about Chatham and KBD's DBA. The DBA thing is Kentucky law. As far as the feds are concerned, Chatham is the producer because they are the ones selling it to distributors. You might also call them a distributor, but I prefer the term non-distiller producer (NDP) because "distributor" has such a specific legal meaning in the booze world, as the middleman between producer and retailer.

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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    I did a review of Rowan's Creek and Noah's Mill if you care to read them.
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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    [quote=sku;166011]I just did a tasting of Rowan's, Kentucky Vintage and Pure Kentucky XO. I liked Pure Kentucky XO the best and didn't care for the other two.

    So would you recommend this one as worth the effort and price to find it?

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    Re: Michter's Small Batch American Whiskey

    Wow... talk about a HIJACKED THREAD!!!!!




    Okay, another question-- I heard a rumor that the current producer of Michter's bought the recipes along with the name, thus the current Michter's is still produced to the original mash recipes-- just with different water and different stills.

    Can anyone substantiate this claim?

    Oh yeah, I live 30 minutes from the original Michter's distillery in Shaefferstown, PA. It still has a lot of prestige amongst local customers 40 and over, hence my questions. Some of my co-workers and I are wondering if we should talk our beverage manager into carrying it.
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