Michter’s Distillery has released an extraordinary American whiskey Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey for the first time in three years. Offered in the U.S. and select export markets, the 2016 Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash release consists of a total of 256 bottles and retails for $5,000 per bottle. The bottle of the most expensive American whiskey is decorated with the 18-karat gold on both the stopper and the label and is housed in an elegant red wood-and-leather box. A drawer beneath the bottle contains a wax-sealed envelope with a letter signed by Willie Pratt.
The Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey is the last Celebration release blended by Willie Pratt before his retirement as Michter’s Master Distiller and his transition to Michter’s Master Distiller Emeritus. To make this exceptional whiskey, Mr. Pratt selected his very favorite stocks of Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Kentucky Straight Rye from Michter’s entire inventory and blended portions of them together. The six barrels chosen for blending the 2016 Celebration release range from over a decade to nearly 33 years old. The 2016 release is 116.8 proof (58.4% alcohol by volume).
Amber-to-burnt orange in the glass, the whiskey captivates with rich caramel, vanilla, and honey notes, but evolves like a rye, dry and spicy, with lots of oak present on the long, dry finish. It possesses powerful flavor profile: dark caramel is followed by cocoa, orange, vanilla and hints of tobacco. The finish is robust with oak and a little grain.