Shenk’s Homestead Sour Mash Whiskey honors the legacy of Mennonite whiskey makers John and Michael Shenk. In 1753, they founded a rye farm that grew out to be the Shenk’s distillery. It had many names after that – its current name might ring a bell: Michter’s. This is one of two early releases in the Michter’s Legacy Series, the other one being Bomberger’s. The original Michter’s Whiskey was produced in Schaefferstown. The distillery closed in 1990, leaving Pensylvania without a distillery. In 1997, the New York-based Chatham Imports acquired the Michter’s brand and began selling whiskey from undisclosed distilleries. Fun fact: although Michter’s was sourced whiskey back in the day, the company was named Distiller of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2012. Its success made Chatham decide to build its own distillery in Shively, a suburb of Louisville. This whisky from 2015 was not actually distilled in Shively, only bottled, as the label states.