Distillations Gold Star Reviews Spirits Vol. 25 No. 03

Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Rye (2020)

Review of Michter's Toasted Barrel Finish Rye


This limited release rye whiskey from Michter’s finally returned, after much anticipation, to shelves last fall, but fierce demand didn’t leave it there long. Unlike the standard barrel strength rye, Toasted Barrel Finish Rye sees an unspecified period of aging in custom-toasted barrels intended to enhance the richness of the whiskey. Michter’s achieved this goal and then some, creating a whiskey with a burly aroma of old leather, antique furniture, dark spices, and burnt sugar. The palate is rich and warming with notes of chocolate sauce, shotgun shells, green peppercorn, and cinnamon stick. Even at barrel strength, it’s exceedingly approachable with a lingering finish that showcases Tootsie Rolls and a bit of dying campfire, sweet and smoldering.

Gold Star

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Alcohol %:  55
Country:  U.S.A. 
Region:  Kentucky
Producer:  Michter’s Distillery
Importer/Distributor:  Michter’s Distillery, web page:

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