Shenk’s Homestead Distillery Sour Mash Whiskey honors the legacy of historic American whiskey figure John Shenk, who in 1753 founded a distillery that was to become known as Michter's in the 20th Century. It is made in Kentucky according to the traditional Sour Mash process whereby a portion of the previously distilled whiskey mash (referred to as "setback") is added into the next batch. This full-bodied small batch whiskey is 91.2 proof.


The 2018 Shenk’s is a sour mash whiskey with a rye-forward profile. Its rich characteristics are due to a portion of the whiskey being finished in 24 month air dried French Oak Barrels that were specially toasted to add to the unique finish and rich mouthfeel of the whiskey.

Shenk's is a Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey made with a good deal of rye. Unlike the 2018 Shenk's release, where some French Oak was utilized during maturation, the 2019 was matured entirely in American oak barrels, some of them being the special species of oak called Chinquapin (Quercus muehlenbergi)

  • Appearance: Deep Amber
  • Nose: Reminiscent of crème brûlée accentuated by notes of burnt orange peel
  • Palate: Luscious upfront with remarkable mouth feel. At mid-palate one picks up burnt sugar and oak followed by cherry
  • Finish: Long finish with lingering notes of spice