Michigan Distillery Makes America’s Best Wheat Whiskey, Says Renowned Critic


Michigan distillery makes some of the best whiskeys in the United States, says famous whiskey critic Fred Minnick.

Journeyman Distillery’s Corsets, Whips and Whiskey have been named Best Wheat Whiskey by Minnick, who has tasted over 600 whiskeys throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

According to the Three Oaks Distillery (Berrien County), the whiskey is a single-grain, cask-raw version of its Buggy Whip Wheat that comes straight from the cask to the glass.

The whiskey is named after the products made in the region’s historic Featherbone factory building through time.

“This whiskey is a real tribute to American manufacture”, The companion’s site bed. “This limited edition whiskey showcases the high quality and terroir of the organic Michigan wheat used to produce it. The 100% wheat brings a sweetness and a sweetness to this whiskey like no other and recalls an Irish whiskey in the mouth.

Minnick, who named a 15 year old whiskey made by Pappy Van Winkle from Frankfurt, Kentucky his best American whiskey of 2020, tasted all whiskeys in a blind tasting.

Minnick is captain of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and former senior US whiskey critic for Whiskey Advocate. He is also a bestselling author of the Wall Street Journal. Throughout the year, Minnick has tasted in front of a live audience on various platforms.

Minnick’s American Whiskey of the Year was recorded live for Youtube and will appear later on Amazon Prime.

During a blind tasting, Minnick selected 15-year-old Pappy Van Winkle among the categorical winners:

  • Sazerac 18 Year Old Rye Whiskey (Best Rye)
  • Barrell Bourbon Lot 26 (Best mix of straights)
  • Journeyman’s Corsets, Buggy & Whips (Best Wheat Whiskey)
  • Four Gate Batch 6 (Better barrel finish)
  • MB Roland Corn Whiskey (Best corn whiskey)
  • Slipknot’s No. 9 (Best Celebrity Whiskey)
  • St. George Spirits American Single Malt

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