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Master Distiller, Willie Pratt

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Master Distiller, Willie Pratt

Master Distiller

Master Distiller

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Willie Pratt,
a.k.a. "Dr. No"

Michter’s Master Distiller, Willie Pratt has over 40 years of experience in the whiskey industry with in-depth knowledge ranging from selection of grain, to distillation, to barreling and maturation. Prior to joining Michter’s, America’s first whiskey company, Willie spent his career at Brown-Forman where he co-chaired a special committee formed to study cooperage – the art of barrel construction – and to identify optimal distillation and aging conditions for among other things, whiskey taste, aroma, color and yields.

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Willie Pratt, Master-Distiller, affectionately known as “Dr. No.”

Willie is responsible for the distillation of Michter’s Whiskeys and their barreling, which is done at a lower proof than the industry standard despite the substantially increased cost. He also insists on storing Michter’s barrels in rare heat-cycled warehouses even though this results in the loss of nearly twice as much whiskey to evaporation as the “Angel’s Share.”

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Willie Pratt, Master Distiller, testing a new batch of Michter’s.

Good naturedly referred to as “Dr. No” by our salespeople, Willie is known for refusing to release whiskey for bottling until he feels it is just right, even though the whiskey may already be significantly older than the age stated on the label.

Willie Pratt is a proud native of Louisville, Kentucky where he, his wife Patsy, his children, grandchildren, and his great grandchildren live. Among Willie’s outside interests and hobbies are fishing in Florida, riding Harley motorcycles, and until recently when his parked plane was totalled on a runway, flying his Cherokee four-seater.

Willie Pratt on his cherokee plane

Willie Pratt enjoying a ride on his Cherokee.

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Our Distilling tradition, born in 1753, grew out of one rye and now includes seven different offerings of whiskey.
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US 1 COCKTAILS

Neat, on the rocks, or in a mixed drink, Michter's can be savored.
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A HISTORY OF WHISKEY

Distilleries were found in ancient monasteries of Scotland and Ireland where monks produced whiskey for medicinal purposes.
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COOKING WITH MICHTER'S

Whiskey is more than a drink, it can be an essential and delicious ingredient in many recipes.
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THE LEGACY

The rich history surrounding Michter's harkens back to America's first distilling company founded in 1753.
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WHERE TO ENJOY MICHTER'S

Michter's whiskey is great to enjoy at home. It's also great to enjoy when you are out with friends.
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