Legend has it that the recipe for Michter's Straight Rye dates back to 1753.
The lifestyle and palate of America in the 1750s was far more rustic than it is today, and life itself more brutal and challenging. The consumers of the day wanted an uncomplicated, strong, spicy and hearty rye. Today, there are few traditional ryes with a legacy and flavor profile so true to our country's heritage. This is a no-nonsense drink, due to the utilization of sheared rye, which concentrates the grain's flavors during fermentation. With an amber-brown color, the whiskey showcases an intensity on the nose well beyond what the 84.8 proof on the label suggests. The sweet corn is apparent along with some rich dark stone fruits and a little vanilla and caramel, but the spiciness of the rye dominates. Upon sipping, flavors of black pepper, vanilla and caramel start out strong before ending in a biting finish mellowed by notes of coconut and a lovely sweetness.