For the First Time in Two Years, Michter’s is Releasing a Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey

Michter's Barrel Strength Rye. Courtesy Photo.

Michter’s Distillery has announced the release of their Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey for the first time since April of 2019.

While most distilleries release their rare bourbons on a regular schedule, Michter’s is known for keeping us on our toes and only giving us their limited release line when they feel the time is right. Andrea Wilson, the brand’s Master of Maturation, works alongside Master Distiller Dan McKee to decide when exactly to release varietals like 20-Year Bourbon, Toasted Barrel Bourbon, and now, Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye.

“These barrels are at just the right point to highlight the beautiful nuances of a great rye whiskey. This release is a powerhouse,” said Wilson in a press release.

“I was really happy when we tasted these barrels. This release has so much of what I look for in a rye,” added McKee.

The 2021 release of Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye will be bottled from single barrels at a cask strength that averages around 110.3 proof. The distillery tells us to look for “butterscotch and cinnamon with a hint of cherries on the nose; warming, rich, toasty vanilla and caramel up front with a dry oaky spice on the finish.”

“Our team has been turning out some wonderful Kentucky style ryes over the years, and this 2021 release continues that trend,” said Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco.

Bottles of Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye will begin showing up on shelves next month, March 2021, for a suggested retail price of around $100.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.