It’s been a long time coming for 2019’s Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash, the third toasted barrel whiskey from Michter’s. The previous two, the Toasted Barrel Finished Bourbon (2014) and Rye (2017) were very limited and highly desired. Unfortunately, the Toasted Barrel Sour Mash is just as limited and frequently marked-up.
Toasted barrel and sour mash are vague terms not often found on whiskey labels. Toasted Barrel finish means that the whiskey was finished in a second barrel that was more gently roasted than what is normally done for the initial aging. In comparison, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked was finished in barrels that were “deeply toasted before a light charring” to add darker and intense roasted notes. The lighter toasting should impart gentler wood influence.
In the context of this whiskey, sour mash means that the mash bill does not contain a majority of either corn or rye to be able to call it bourbon or rye whiskey. As a result, it’s really an American whiskey, the all-encompassing term for non-bourbon or rye.
Let’s find out if these fancy toasted barrels bring anything new and delicious to the drinking experience in this Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash review.
I want to thank my friend Ryan B. for his generosity in providing a sample and the wonderful photo.