The 2019 release of Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye is one of the better whiskeys I’ve ever had on my shelf, so I’m absolutely thrilled they’ve announced a new 2021 version of it. Michter’s doesn’t offer single barrel picks, so these annual releases they have are the most exciting, semi-accessible Michter’s bottles to hunt each year.
Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye
With an anticipated March 2021 release, Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye is making it’s first appearance since 2019. That’s typically how it works with Michter’s… they don’t release all of these special barrels each year. In 2020, their most special offering at this price point was a Toasted version of the Barrel Strength Rye. This limited release schedule keeps whiskey hunters on their toes.
The 2021 Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye was announce for March release with an MSRP of $99.95 and an average bottle proof of 110.3 Proof (55.15% ABV). Often abbreviated as MBSR, this is rye recipe is approachable even if you don’t typically gravitate towards ryes.
MBSR – Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye in NC
If you’re one of our local readers looking for MBSR in the North Carolina ABC system, start keeping your eyes out now. This release was added to the NC Warehouse system on February 19th. We watch pretty closely, and as far as we know we haven’t seen any stock actually hit the state warehouse… but we know it’s coming. The distillery announced it with a March 2021 release schedule, though sometimes it may take a little longer for distribution to permeate the state.
The best way to find this limited release whiskey in North Carolina is to check with your local ABC stores. If you have a good relationship with their employees, buy standard bourbon regularly, and build a strong report, they may tip you off to its release (but please don’t expect this, ABC employees are just doing their jobs… please respect them!). Otherwise, keep an eye on the warehouse and just do some good ol’ fashioned hunting. Some boards may keep these for a release in a lottery or special distribution. Each ABC Board is different.
You can also keep an eye on online retailers like Mash&Grape, in hopes they list MBSR on their site. If they do, you can expect a significant markup over MSRP, but it might be worth it to you.
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