This is a barrel strength expression from Michter’s that debuted around a year ago. They’ve had a straight rye available as part of their core lineup prior to this release, but I’m glad they finally released a barrel proof version. The ABV can vary on these, but the one I’m reviewing was bottled at 54.5% ABV.
Nose: Slightly muted overall – oak pulls ahead of rye grain as predominant note with an earthy feel to it. Slight tangerine adds a bit of brightness.
Palate: Earthy oak again up front but a bit sweeter than the nose. Rye is there, but not as strong as I expected. You can tell this is a fairly young rye.
Finish: Rye finally shines here as finish drags on for a bit.
Rating: 83/100 – Good, but rye is a bit too muted thorughout for me.
Value for the money: These retailed for around $75, but at that price, I’d just buy an E.H. Taylor Straight Rye instead.