Issue Seven Peggy Noe Stevens Susan Reigler Tastings

Michter’s – Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash

Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash 
Michter’s Distillery Company

Proof: 86
ABV: 43%
Style: Sour Mash
State: KY
Price: $$$$

Peggy Noe Stevens 8.4

Nose: Southern grits and grains galore. Balance of light brown sugar and cane syrup then fruit notes of plum and apricot.

Palate: Smoke hits after warm vanilla and soft clove. The second sip then ladles out the ginger to a refined finish

Finish: Spice continues to dance on the tongue with a rush of oak tannins that coat.

Comments: Highly mixable, but I would not waste a “mix” when you can have a splash by itself. The tingle of ginger is a show all its own.

Susan Reigler 8.2

Nose: Caramel forward, light pepper spice, sweet oak, roasted almonds, and apple. 

Palate: Very spicy and the fruit, nuts and oak have been joined by lemon peel. Pepper is especially pronounced in the middle of the tongue.

Finish: Caramel returns and is quickly overtaken by light pepper and sweet oak, which stays for a long time.

Comments: More than a little complexity. A splash of water calms. The caramel and fruit compete with the pepper and oak. 

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