The new Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash from American whiskey distiller and bottler Michter’s is scheduled to arrive in Australia before the end of the year, according to importers Vanguard Luxury Brands.
Announced overnight, this is the first time that their Sour Mash expression – which is neither 51 percent corn nor 51 percent rye – has been given the toasted barrel finish treatment. They have previously released similar finishes for their straight bourbon and straight rye expressions. The new expression will be released at 86 proof, 43%.
Andrea Wilson, the company’s Master Of Maturation, said, “The toast profile used to finish our Toasted Barrel Sour Mash differs from both the toast profile used for our Toasted Bourbon and the toast profile used for our Toasted Barrel Strength Rye.
“A milder toast was chosen to enhance the toffee character of the US*1 Sour Mash and provide a hint of campfire on the finish. After evaluating different degrees of toasting, we selected a level that would provide the toasty profile people enjoy while complementing the elegance of the sour mash whiskey.”
In a Facebook post today Vanguard wrote that the expression, “Should hopefully be here within the next couple of months.”
The previous Toasted Barrel expressions have retailed locally for between $150 and $200, depending on the proof.
A historic name in bourbon that first emerged in the 1950s from the Bomberger distillery, the modern revival of Michter’s whiskies were originally sourced from a number of distilleries. The company now has two active distilleries, Fort Nelson in Louisville and another site in Shively. In January the brand was named the top trending American whiskey brand by trade publication Drinks International in their annual brand report.