In 2013 Michter’s Distillery launched its Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash, one of the most expensive American whiskies ever to hit the retail. Now, three years later, or more precisely in December 2016, Michter’s Distillery came out with 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 2016 Celebration 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).
Offered in the U.S. and select export markets, the 2016 Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash release will consist of a total of 256 bottles. It is expected to be offered in the U.S. at a retail price in the vicinity of $5,000 per bottle.