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" The bouquet has a dry, grainy aroma which is accented by peppery/spicy scents. The palate entry is surprisingly sweet and corny, considering how dry the aroma is; the midpalate point is deep, corny sweet, sap-like and a bit syrupy. Ends up well and balanced, with a backnote of dried red fruit (raisins, prunes). "
" Michters US 1 Bourbon is made from a carefully selected mashbill that features the highest quality American corn. It is then matured to the peak of perfection, with barrels often aging in excess of eight years. Truly small batch, each batch of our US 1 Bourbon is typically composed of no more than two dozen barrels, leaving no margin for blending out imperfection and thus necessitating excellence from every barrel. Reflecting the spirit of the Bluegrass State, Michters US 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is nuanced, mellow, and earthy. " ~ Distillery notes
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Long before Kentucky Bourbon became America's native spirit, it was Pennsylvania and Maryland Rye. I was born and raised in the "Old Line State" but never heard one mention of Maryland's rich whiskey history. Little did I know that Baltimore's discerning drinkers once gave life to distilleries like Majestic, the makers of Pikesville Rye, and Frank L. Wight Distilling Co., the makers of Sherwood Pure Rye. I never knew that there were thousands and thousands of commercial distilleries between the two states. And here is why...
By the 1960's, every single commercial distillery in Maryland and Pennsylvania had closed. The original Wight Distillery is now a Procter & Gamble plant. The once famous Mount Vernon Distillery is now a vacant lot beneath a bridge near M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.