The bourbon pays homage to the historic Bomberger’s Distillery that operated in Pennsylvania in the 19th century. The Bomberger’s distillery was known for producing high-quality whiskey and played a significant role in American whiskey history. Michter’s resurrected the Bomberger’s name to honor this legacy.
Bomberger’s Declaration is released annually and is bottled at 108 proof.
A portion of the bourbon used in the batch were aged in Chinquapin Oak barrels, native to North America and primarily found in the eastern and central regions of the United States. The Chinquapin Oak can add its own flavor nuances to the aging whiskey. It is often described as imparting flavors of spice, vanilla, caramel, and toasted oak.
The 2023 release is the first to include some malted rye in the recipe. It is partially aged in Chinquapin oak barrels, which was naturally air dried and seasoned for three years before being toasted and charred.
While similar barrels were used in the 2019 and 2020 releases of Bomberger’s, this year our production team opted to accentuate rich characters and depth by adjusting the char levels of the Chinquapin oak barrels thereby resulting in a wonderfully distinctive Kentucky straight bourbon.
“For the aging of this release, our Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson chose barrels made from special wood that has been naturally air dried for over 3 years. While some Chinquapin (Quercus muehlenbergii) oak barrels were utilized in the maturation of the 2019 Release of Bomberger’s, this year our production team opted to increase the proportion of the bourbon that spent time in Chinquapin oak.”