New bourbon lands in Australia

21 October, 2015 by Stefanie Collins

Vanguard Luxury Brands has announced that they have expanded the range of popular Michter’s American bourbon with the brand’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon.

The distribution company has also restocked the popular Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye whiskey, in strictly limited quantities.


Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon (aka toasted bourbon) is different to others due to the fact that the spirit is finished in a second barrel for three to four weeks. The secondary aging barrels have been toasted but not charred – charring barrels is customary in bourbon production. Tested constantly to prevent it from becoming too “woody”, the toasted bourbon has a nuttier flavour with notes of marshmallow and a campfire smokiness.

“This is the first time we have seen this product in Australia and it is truly remarkable”, says James France, from Vanguard. “The time spent in the toasted-only barrel yields magnificent results.”

Conversely the Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye is a Kentucky Straight Rye, that is bottled at barrel strength, with the Australian allotment yielding bottles with 54 per cent alcohol by volume. Michter’s believes this yields a richer, smoother product with butterscotch and cinnamon and a hint of cherries featuring on the nose, and a dry oaky spice on the finish.

“Whenever we would sample right out of the US*1 Rye barrels, we loved the whiskey. We thought that our loyal US*1 Single Barrel Rye customers would enjoy tasting some at barrel strength,” says Michter’s president, Joseph J. Magliocco.

According to France, Vanguard only has a small allocation of both spirits and they don’t expect any more to be available until mid-2016 at the earliest.