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Michter's incredibly rich history dates back to the 18th century, with the brand taking its name from the historic Pennsylvania distillery, Shenk’s and later renamed as Bomberger's, which was established in 1753. The distillery later became known as Michter's in 1975 under Lou Forman’s leadership, with the name being the combination of Forman's sons’ names, Michael and Peter.

Pennsylvania was once a whiskey powerhouse during the 1800s with 3,000 working distilleries, with all closing during Prohibition except Michter’s Distillery. Before it stopped operation in 1990, it was the oldest distillery in the United States, also declared national historic landmark in early 1980s. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1983 due to whiskey in US becoming less and less popular. While the bank held the bond on the whiskey, production ceased six years later, in 1989. The company’s bond never got paid, so ownership landed in the hands of the federal government. After realizing payment would never arrive, in 1993 the government seized the whiskey from the distillery and destroyed it.

Their production facility is located in Louisville, Kentucky, a region renowned for its bourbon. Part of their range, the distillery produces a variety of premium spirits, including bourbon, rye, and American whiskey.

Even though the story concluded for Schaefferstown's Michter's in 1990, the name's preservation and its enduring legacy remain active thanks to Joseph J. Magiocco and Richard Newman, who revived the brand in Kentucky. Upholding tradition, they keep Michter's spirit alive, reminding us of its historical origins.

One of my favourites is the Michter’s Original Sour Mash, which was the distillery’s best seller during the 1970s and 1980s but disappeared from the market in 1989. Luckily, this was reintroduced back in 2012, staying true to its predecessor palate and recipe. “Sour Mash” refers to the whiskey production process, of using some previously fermented mash as the starter for the new batch, creating a complex flavour profile and a unique grain selection.

Burnt sugar notes appear on the palate with spice, sweet notes, smoky fruit, candied cherries, and honeyed vanilla. An absolute treat!

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Written by – Raluca Maroiu (August 2023)