In the USA there are hundreds of whisky distilleries, which sprung up like mushrooms in the last years. Unfortunately the products that reach the Italian market, because of culture or because of import costs, are few; it comes to mind, with a touch of regret, that in our country drinking a bourbon straight or with the classic ice cube is practically unknown. In order to stifle this subtle sense of shame, today we will taste the whiskey of one of the most interesting companies, Michter’s Distillery, a historical one but also very focused on innovation. One example is the custom of diluting at 51.5 degrees already before bottling; another one, surely shocking for a Scotch drinker, is the use of “heat cycle” warehouses, where it is possible to adjust temperature in order to influence maturation. Concerning this American whiskey, the word “unblended” indicates the absence of “grain neutral spirits” in the recipe, just to underline once again how the world of American whiskey is something complex and completely different from our European horizons, a world which would be really worth exploring in depth.
N: despite being 41,7% it has a very intense aroma. It proudly displays an unmistakably American personality, with woody notes (old polished furniture), vanilla, caramel and toffee coming from nice fresh ex-bourbon barrels. Yet there is something else as well, starting with a blanket of cereals (frosted corn flakes) and dried fruits (walnuts and hazelnuts), which in general sharpen the profile a bit, making it interesting and not one-dimensional. Ginger and orange cookies.
P. even on the palate it is surprising how flavorful it is even at this low alcohol content. Warm and rich. The attack is very sweet, on toffee and vanilla. Here it becomes more like a bourbon than a whisky as we are used to drink it, European style. Notes of orange and wood spice overflow, though they never come off as cloying.
F: medium long and creamy with toffee, orange zest, ginger and graphite.
Substantially faultless, it has the great merit of being an easy drink because of a low but not weak alcohol content. Moreover, it does not tire, even if the sweetness on the palate is really important and the desire to add an ice cube every now and then peeps out. We go for 84/100. In Italy you can find it at Acquavitae.
Recommended soundtrack: Hank Williams III – Country Heroes