Master Distiller Willie Pratt, sometimes referred to as “Dr. No” by the Michter’s sales force because of his penchant for frequently delaying bottlings because he feels the spirits need more maturation,” explains: “I wanted to wait until the American Whiskey was just right, and I believe it’s the best it has ever been.”
Michter’s US*1 Unblended American Whiskey does not have grain neutral spirits blended in as some other American whiskies do. Although the recipe is proprietary, Pratt does say it is neither bourbon nor rye since it doesn’t have 51% or more of either grain in the mash. He has aged it in bourbon-soaked barrels, previously used once.
IN OTHER NEWS from Michter’s:
• The Louisville, KY, still manufacturer Vendome is working on a custom 32-inch diameter, 62-foot high copper volume still that will be installed at Michter’s 65,000-square-foot M2 plant in the city’s Shively section.
• Construction has resumed on Michter’s historic Fort Nelson building at 801 West Main Street in Louisville opposite the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory on Museum Row. The contractor is restarting reinforcement of the 1800s landmark structure. Delays had been caused by structural issues presented by the bowing of the West Main Street wall, which required a full closure of the street as well as the placement of a large, temporary steel reinforcement structure on the exterior of the affected side of the building.