Shenks Homestead Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey (2019)
- Country of Produce: United States
- ABV: 45.6%
- Bottle Volume: 70cl
- Distillery: Michter's
Shenk’s Homestead Distillery Sour Mash Whiskey honors the legacy of historic American whiskey figure John Shenk, who in 1753 founded a distillery that was to become known as Michter’s in the 20th Century. It is made in Kentucky according to the traditional Sour Mash process whereby a portion of the previously distilled whiskey mash (referred to as “setback”) is added into the next batch. This full-bodied small batch whiskey is 91.2 proof.
Shenk’s is a Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey made with a good deal of rye. Unlike the 2018 Shenk’s release, where some French Oak was utilized during maturation, the 2019 was matured entirely in American oak barrels, some of them being the special species of oak called Chinquapin (Quercus muehlenbergii).
Nose: Reminiscent of crème brûlée accentuated by notes of burnt orange peel.
Palate: Luscious upfront with remarkable mouthfeel. At mid-palate one picks up burnt sugar and oak followed by cherry.
Finish: Long finish with lingering notes of spice.