One way Michter's attains more flavour during the ageing process is by entering the distillate into the barrel at a higher ABV than the industry standard. Whilst a higher ABV is more costly to Michter's, it allows the drinker to savour the fuller flavour of the whiskey which is rich and smooth as it comes straight from the cask.
Willie Pratt is affectionately referred to as 'Dr No.' by his colleagues at Michter's. Notoriously difficult to please, it's only when Willie tastes a cask and his exact standards are met that he will release the barrel for bottling.
A single barrel product, each barrel of Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye is bottled at its particular alcohol level at the time of bottling.