Michter’s Unveils 2024 Releases of Bomberger’s, Shenk’s

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Michter’s Distillery 2024 releases of Bomberger's and Shenk's.

Michter’s Distillery will release its 2024 Legacy Series this July. Comprised of Shenk’s Homestead Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey and Bomberger’s Declaration Kentucky Straight Bourbon, this annual, popular release is vintage-dated with the year of the bottling.

Each release of Shenk’s and Bomberger’s has differed from those of previous years. “While there is some continuity from year to year, our production team makes creative adjustments to each edition of these whiskeys,” says Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco.

In 1753, Swiss Mennonite farmer John Shenk founded Shenk’s distillery in Pennsylvania. This distillery was later renamed Bomberger’s Distillery in the 1800s before its name changed again to Michter’s Distillery in the mid-20th Century. It is this heritage that the Michter’s Legacy Series honors.

“In the 2024 Shenk’s release, we used rye, malted rye, and for the first time caramel malt, which offers a nice creaminess to complement the whiskey’s herbaceous qualities and notes of spice,” say Michter’s master distiller Dan McKee.

Some of the barrels used in the production of Shenk’s include oak sourced from the Vosges region of France, which is air dried and seasoned for 24 months before being toasted to the distillery’s specifications.

Like Shenk’s, the 2024 release of Bomberger’s has some malted rye in its recipe.

“This year’s release of Shenk’s and Bomberger’s is a reflection of the passion the team has for making exciting whiskeys with a thoughtful touch of exploration,” says Michter’s master of maturation Andrea Wilson. “The 2024 edition of Bomberger’s continues the use of some Chinquapin (Quercus muehlenbergii) oak to accentuate the dark chocolate and stewed fruit notes in this big whiskey that are then complemented by the spice notes offering a bold, rich, balanced complexity and a long lingering warm finish for your drinking indulgence.”

This year’s Chinquapin oak was air dried and seasoned outdoors for 36 months before toasting and charring.

Shenk’s is 91.2 proof (45.6% ABV) and has a suggested retail price of $110. Bomberger’s is 108 proof (54% ABV) and has a suggested retail price of $120. Both are allocated products.

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