In recent years, the small-batch whiskey industry has been booming. What was once a small portion of the market has now become a much more mainstream contender for shelf space at liquor stores across the country. This, of course, is good news for us. Yeah, drunkenly ripping shots from a plastic bottle of Colonel’s Pride is fun every now and then, provided you’re shitfaced and wish to have no recollection of anything you do or say, but let’s face it, drinking the good stuff is just better.
When I say good stuff, I don’t mean Maker’s. Maker’s is fine, but compared to some of the stuff out there, it sure as hell isn’t great. Calling it high-end is definitely inaccurate. Then again, after I read about a newly released whiskey the other day, I’m not really sure what is truly high-end anymore.
Michter’s Distillery certainly isn’t the biggest name in the whiskey game these days. However, with the power move they just pulled, expect to hear about the Louisville based company more often. The distillery’s newest release, Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey, sure as shit qualifies as high-end.
The whiskey, which has been aged and perfected for up to 30 years, isn’t cheap. Just one bottle of the stuff goes for close to $4,000. Unfortunately, even if you have the money for it, there’s no way you can get your hands on this nectar of the gods. All 273 bottles of the Celebration Sour Mash were ordered in advance by actors, musicians, and other people with ridiculous amounts of money to spend.
This whiskey isn’t just expensive for the sake of being expensive. According to whiskey experts, which is probably one of the coolest titles you could ever have, the stuff is worth the money. Michter’s master distiller, Willie Pratt, made the whiskey by blending whiskeys from his favorite barrels. Essentially, each bottle is a good mix of all the best Michter’s has to offer.
Now, some of you single malt snobs out there might turn your noses up at a blended whiskey like this, but if you were to do so, you’d be an absolute dumbass. This whiskey isn’t cheap for a reason. The combination of age, craftsmanship, and rarity makes the Celebration Sour Mash worth every penny. If any of you happened to get your hands on one of the 273 bottles that were produced, you know where to find me.