Shenk’s is named for John Shenk, who founded Bomberger’s Distillery in 1753, which later became known as Michter’s. It shares a similar base whiskey with Michter’s US-1 Sour Mash, although the distillery is undisclosed.
Michter’s describes it as a “Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey made with a substantial amount of rye.” Originally launched in 2018 with a portion aged in French oak, Michter’s transitioned to Chinquapin oak from 2019-2021, which it has in common with Bomberger’s. In 2022, Michter’s returned to the use of French oak for Shenk’s.
As of 2023, Michter’s uses two barrel profiles for Shenk’s Homestead. Note that the distillery no longer lists French oak as a finishing barrel, so it can be assumed that both are used for primary maturation:
- a portion is aged in 18-month naturally air-dried and seasoned wood, toasted and charred to Michter’s specifications
- a portion is aged in toasted French oak barrels made from 24-month air-dried wood sourced from the Vosges region of France
Included malted rye in the recipe.
A portion aged in toasted French oak barrels.
A portion finished in Chinquapin oak.
A larger portion than 2019 finished in custom charred and toasted Chinquapin Oak barrels made from wood that had been naturally air dried and seasoned for at least 3 years.
A portion finished in Chinquapin Oak.
A portion finished in French oak casks.