“Michigan Distillery Makes Best Wheat Whiskey In U.S., Renowned Critic Says”
A Michigan distillery makes one of the best whiskeys in the United States, according to renowned whiskey critic Fred Minnick.
Journeyman Distillery’s Corsets, Whips and Whiskey was named Best Wheat Whiskey by Minnick, who tasted more than 600 whiskeys throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
According to the distillery in Three Oaks (Berrien County), the whiskey is a single-grain, cask strength version of its Buggy Whip Wheat that comes directly from barrel-to-glass.
The whiskey is named after the products produced at the region’s historic Featherbone factory building throughout time.
“This whiskey as true tribute to American manufacturing,” Journeyman’s website reads. “This limited release whiskey showcases the high quality and terroir of the organic Michigan wheat used to produce it. The 100% wheat provides a soft sweetness and smoothness to this whiskey unlike any other and reminiscent of an Irish whiskey on the palate.”
Minnick, who named a 15-yearold whiskey made by Pappy Van Winkle of Frankfort, Kentucky his best American Whiskey of 2020, tasted all the whiskeys in a blind tasting.
Minnick is a captain on the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and former lead American whiskey critic for Whisky Advocate. He’s also a Wall Street Journal-bestselling author. Throughout the year, Minnick tasted before live audiences on various platforms.
Minnick’s American Whiskey of the Year was taped live for YouTube and will later appear on Amazon Prime.