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    Michters - again

    It's been a while since we've talked about Michter's.

    This was an old Pennsylvania distillery which expired for good in the 1980's. Brands are issued today under the Michter name but the whiskey (which is certainly good) is from Kentucky.

    There is also the surviving stocks of Hirsch 16, which is genuine Michter's and very good at its best, but it was aged much beyond what the Michter's-brand whiskey was as issued by Michter's from the 1950's-80's. That whiskey was 6 years old and was not technically a bourbon or rye: it was a straight-style whiskey but used a 50% corn mashbill, the rest being heavy on rye (37%) and remainder barley malt.

    I've tasted quite a few of these, mostly from decanters I found myself or was traded by members here.

    The last I have of it is about 4 ounces, which was from half a decanter traded to me by one of the senior members here.

    I pull it out once in a while and had some today.

    This whiskey is just so good. It has barrel influence but only lightly, just enough to lend a tinge of oak and smoke. It has a faint "old roses" taste (courtesy the rye) and is slightly sweet. It has a cold climate flavour with notes of maple, forest and Northern Appalachian fall air: how do you like them apples, or grains: I do, a lot.

    I may never get any more but I have this little stash left which is a taste of history and likely similar to what was sold as Michter's before WW 1 (then the distillery was called Bomberger and it sold a straight rye, but I have every reason to think the Michter's Original Sour Mash of the later era mentioned was a recreation of that or pretty close).

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 10-28-2007 at 15:14.

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    Re: Michters - again

    I came across a Michters today; found in a dusty, little liquor store I never noticed before. The label states "Michter's Pot Still, 86 proof, Schafferstown, Lebanon County Pa. The tax stamp reads 581731244 (sorry, that's all I can make out through all the dust). The bottle appears to be 1.5 L in size. I've read that Michters closed in 1988. The price for this bottle is $29.99. Does anyone know how old this whiskey is? Any additional information would be Greatly appreciated. Oh, they also had a Booker's 7 yr with a black wax top. The batch number is C-K-03-82 (#21820). the bottling is 124.2 Proof. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Michters - again

    Probably bottled in the 1980's or 1970's and probably the classic, latter-day product of Michter's, which was the hybrid bourbon/rye I spoke of. Sometimes the whiskeys do not survive at their best in those decanters; sometimes they do. That is a good price and a rare find, I'd snap it up.

    Gary

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    Re: Michters - again

    This particular bottling is in glass, so I'm guessing that the product inside should be in fairly good condition.

    I haven't been past this store since I was a kid, say, 30 years ago. They're not in the phone book, so it never occurred to me that they were still in existence.

    My grandfather used to buy his bourbon there. Place looks the same as it did back in the 70's. I'll have to go back later this week for the Michter's since the older gentleman at the counter takes "cash only", and I was just a tad short.

    I have the feeling that this place is a treasure trove for dusties, but there is so much clutter that I can't get close enough to find out. I did notice a Erin Go Bragh 22 yr Irish Whiskey that I can't find any information on. There were several other whiskey bottlings that did not look familiar. When I go back for the Michter's I will have a pen and paper on hand.

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    Re: Michters - again

    Interesting, I don't think I have ever seen a Michter's "handle" bottle. Anyway it should be good and possibly very good. If you search on this site under the Michter name it will bring up a lot of the history of that distillery and its products. It definitely made bourbon at times, and some straight rye, but what you found might be the distillery's distinctive Original Sour Mash, of which I gave the mash bill earlier (my information is from Michael Jackson's 1988 World Guide To Whisky). It seems some bottling was done at the distillery of whiskey distilled elsewhere, e.g., at Continental Distilling's plant in Philadelphia (there seem to have been links between the two distilleries at one time). Anyway, it's a find and probably very interesting.

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    Re: Michters - again

    Quote Originally Posted by chouffe62 View Post

    I have the feeling that this place is a treasure trove for dusties, but there is so much clutter that I can't get close enough to find out. I did notice a Erin Go Bragh 22 yr Irish Whiskey that I can't find any information on. There were several other whiskey bottlings that did not look familiar. When I go back for the Michter's I will have a pen and paper on hand.
    Look forward to hearing what you find!

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    Re: Michters - again

    Blowing some dust off of this thread....

    I tried Michter's Rye at WhiskeyFest and found it to taste quite similar to Rittenhouse BIB....are there any common sources or just co-incidence (at least to my tongue)?

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    Re: Michters - again

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Blowing some dust off of this thread....

    I tried Michter's Rye at WhiskeyFest and found it to taste quite similar to Rittenhouse BIB....are there any common sources or just co-incidence (at least to my tongue)?
    Maybe, but probably not. Heaven Hill does a lot of custom distilling for KBD -- which bottles the current Michter's, which is NOT related to the original Michter's from Pennsylvania, the theme of this thread. But KBD also has rye from other sources.
    So, hard to tell...
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    Re: Michters - again

    I have yet to get my hands on any original Michter's. But the new Michter's is my favorite beverage. It's so refreshing. It should come in squeezable plastic bottles and be sold at children's soccer games.
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    Re: Michters - again

    The 10-year-old Michter's rye is supposed to be actually much older and from the same KBD stock as all the other old ryes KBD has been bottling, that 1987 Cream of Kentucky batch.

    The NAS Michter's rye probably is Heaven Hill/Rittenshouse, which actually is made by Brown-Forman.

    Real Michter's of any kind is hard to find. The Hirsch 16-year-old is Michter's bourbon, not rye. Some of the stuff that's available in old decanters, which is often damaged in some way, is usually that Michter's product that was neither a bourbon nor a rye, their proprietary recipe. Real Michter's straight rye is one of the hardest gets there is.

 

 

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